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    Don says:
    I wanted to write about the first day of summer vacation from school and the sense of emancipation and anarchy that comes with it. Becky B. is a real person. Though I do not specifically remember sitting on her butt, I do remember that when we were about six or seven, she induced me to re-enact what she had seen of her parents’ lovemaking. I believe that after about a minute of this, I ended up running home for dear life, but my fictional counterpart shows no signs of doing that and is probably debauched beyond repair.



It’s summer
And no one goes to school anymore
It’s summer
And no one knows the rules anymore

I’m running through the streets
No more shoes, I go in bare feet
It burns but I don’t care
Okay to get hurt if you’re going somewhere

And Becky B. said,
We’re gonna try something new.
It was against the law.
Now it’s...fine.

It’s summer
And nine-year olds are drinking champagne
It’s summer
So no one’s in the mood to complain

And I used to be small
But now it doesn’t matter at all.
Becky plays with me
And she will let me kiss her, maybe.

And Becky B. Said,
We’ve had to wait so long.
But now we do what we want
All the...time.

As I run, the grown-ups drive away
(On the wrong side of the street)
Making love as they go by
(Speeding down the road)

They’re not looking out
They don’t care if they crash
And I
Want to be them.

Here I am at last!
Teach me something, teach me real fast
Becky’s in the nude
And I know what makes you a girl or a dude.

And Becky B. says,
Sit on my butt, she says.
I’ll make you happy.
And she’s...right.


from A Layman’s Guide to The Shut​-​Ups, released June 15, 2012
originally appears on “The Stud Album”
(c) 2005 Down Syndrome Superhero Music, ASCAP

Don Condescending: keyboards, lead vocal
Ben Spraker: guitar, answer vocal
Thaddeus Thompson: bass, backing vocal
Billy bin Laden: drums
Darkis Knight: tambourine

Produced by Christopher Snell and Jason NeSmith at Bel Air Studio, Athens GA



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