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Words 2012, music 2013


I was born in the middle—you were stuffing your mouth
with marshmallow candies (you weren’t even hungry!)

Now you’re running again, but you only get fatter
and you want me to cheer on the sidelines with water
and then nod, sympathetic when you whine that you’re hotter

I’m hungry
I’m so hungry I might disappear!

I was raised in the middle—you were filling your pockets
With marshmallow candies
Your mouth was still full of the other ones!

Now you tell me I need you
while you’re sucking the blood from my stone
and you’re biting my fingers
while I’m feeding you breakfast
Your food’s in my hands but it goes to your mouth

I’m hungry
I’m so hungry I might disappear!

The more you eat the more I disappear
I’m disappearing into your mouth!

I’m sat in the middle and you’re packing the closet
With marshmallow candies—you’ll never eat them all
Your pockets are sticky and your teeth are all gone
You know you’re not the only selfish one!

I was made to believe I’m in a class all my own
but I’ve come to find out that there’s not even room for me
I was there at the place where you were taught how to kneel
and I learned just enough to know I’ll never be you in that queue
I learned just enough to stay hungry
I’m so hungry I might disappear!

You’ve got me right where you want me
Grab tight—watch me disappear!


from Paraprosdokian!, released December 17, 2013
Elliot Knapp - Gibson Nighthawk and Firebird, Fender Bass VI, Fender Rhodes, vocal.

Russ Kleiner - drums, percussion.



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