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Old and Glad

from Vague Criticisms Volume 1 by West Dakota



Feelings are pretend
Unless the feeling offends

You or your mom
Or your neighbor's dog tom
And by five o'clock things are rolling along
The six o'clock news the news is old
By ten or eleven its told and it's told
And i can't believe that people listen
To all these things that just happened
Human interest is boring as hell
Bad news is news that all turns out well

And i will not give in
To feelings that offend

A foreign key to an open door
And this nagging feeling
We've been here before
A heart attack
In a Cadillac
And Billy Joel
Where is your soul
Hackensack or Patterson
Let's go to a place where my father has lived
Not Beverly Hills a spaceship on mars
Taking pills and lusting for cars

And i will be old and glad

A thought parade on the fourth of July
And a hot dog prompts the question of why
We pry and poke selectively joke
About the things we cannot decide
And i want to be an American guy
With eagles that soar and a mouth open wide
Singing the praise of American ways
Hourglass shapes and a litany of pies

I will be old and glad
I will be old and glad
I will be old and glad


from Vague Criticisms Volume 1, released January 3, 2021


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