Unaffiliated

by Johnny High Ground

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1.
Here we go again, with a blast as bright as the sun. Here we go again, with yellow ribbons for everyone. We’re all to blame for this new estate. We’re all to blame. We thought it couldn’t get worse. It’s gotten worse. And it’s getting worse. We thought it couldn’t get worse; we thought we’d figured it all out, but now there’s a trigger-happy Texan in the White House. Here we go again, with our peace baton in hand. Here we go again, to redecorate another foreign land. We’re all to blame. We should be ashamed. We’re all to blame. And now we’re home again, with the jaws of progress wide. But we’re alone again, and the wolf’s in shepherd’s clothes this time. We’re all to blame for this new estate. We’re all to blame. We should be ashamed. We’re all to blame, and it’s time to pay. We’re all to blame.
2.
03:16
I swear, I swear I saw you first. I know you don’t believe it. But I dragged you two thousand miles west, and now I’d say we’re even. You may think I’m unimpressible, but you know you’re unforgettable. We’re not only indestructible; we’re unimpossible. When I walked into that bar that night, I swear, I swear I was shaking, because when you smiled at me from that window seat, I knew my life was changing. And everything I knew said you were too good to be true, which just proves I don’t know anything anyway. Without a moment’s hesitation or an opening line, without a thought to preservation I was newly defined. An accidental situation never felt so well designed, so well organized. And you may think I’m unimpressible, but you know you’re unforgettable. We’re not only indestructible; we’re unimpossible.
3.
04:27
What a way to start the year. All the family friends were there before the first big storm blew out to put my father in the ground. We went through all the policies, we wrote a moving eulogy, we each picked up a yellow rose, we closed the box, and we all went home. Life returned to normal then; there was work to do and bills to send. I updated my addresses and fortified all my defenses. Now those days are so well protected behind a wall of two thousand condolences with the smell of aftershave and dreams of being saved. But I’m not in denial, anyway. You can say what you will, but I’m still doing fine, and it’s obvious that I’m not in denial, anyway. You can say what you will, but I’m still doing fine. On the day after he went, my mother got her birthday present: in a vase of yellow roses, the card read, “All my love.” And a stunned silence descended. He’d called it in from his deathbed. That’s the kind of man he was. I’ll never be half the man he was. And no, I never dream about a miracle recovery, dream it was all a dream and he’s still waiting there for me. And no, I never dream about taking back all that senseless shouting. And no, I never wonder why. And no, I never cry.
4.
04:10
“Give it back,” she said, “I’ll trade my freedom for a photograph,” pretending ending isn’t starting, that her heart is hardly breaking, that her hands are hardly shaking. And the mess she’s hardly making justifies the pills She’s taking too much time, afraid to look, and more afraid of what she’ll find when she opens up those little curtains in her mind. It makes it hard to leave it all behind. But she’s a big girl now. She’s gonna make it somehow. And though I’d never say that that’s the best way, well, if it works for her, what can I say? “Give it time,” I said. “You try to race yourself, you’ll fall behind, always breaking what you’re building.” Though the flesh is always willing, disappointment’s always killing, and the tears never stop spilling. And in a little while she’ll make up her mind to get on with her life.

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released October 24, 2003

all songs written and performed by Joe Rybicki

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