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    Don says:
    A friend of mine gave me a letter-on-cassette that he made when he was sixteen years old. He’s talking to a pen pal about his failures with girls and his general inability to transcend adolescent misery. I pulled some of his phrases out, cut some syllables, added some rhymes, and set the words to music.
    My favorite part is the last line (also taken from the cassette), “And I have decided this isn’t for me anymore.” As if he can do anything about it. But kill himself. Which maybe he will?



I once kissed a girl, but I’m told it was kind of a joke.
Just your basic first base; we’re not talking about any tongue.
Was that the peak of my success? I guess.
Once I dared to dream of tenderness.

Yeah it hurts to be seen
By a girl like you
I’m alone, I’m alone
With my love

I’ve practiced my lines in the mirror I pose with a smoke.
But out in the world, it’s like talking without any tongue.
Yes, I cry a little bit, I admit.
But when I cry, I have a reason for it.

Cuz it hurts to be seen
By a girl like you
I’m alone, I’m alone
With my love

And I have decided this isn’t for me anymore.


from A Layman’s Guide to The Shut​-​Ups, released June 15, 2012
originally appears on the album “It Hurts to be Seen”
(c) 2002 Down Syndrome Superhero Music, ASCAP

Don Condescending: keyboards, backing vocals
Ben Spraker: lead vocals
Lyle Bufkin: bass
Jason NeSmith: guitar
Steve Libbey: more guitar
Darkis Knight: drums and percussion

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



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