"Singer Songwriter" as written by and Will Robinson Sheff....
Your great-grandfather was a great lawyer
And his kid made a mint off the war
Your father shot stills and then directed films
That your mom did publicity for
I saw your older sis on the year's best book list
And your brother, he manages bands

And you're keen to downplay
But you're quick to betray
With one well turned out wave of your hand
You come from wealth,
Yeah, you've got wealth
What a bitch they didn't give you much else

I heard Cuss by The Kinks on your speakers
I saw Poe and Artau? on your shelves
While The Last Laugh's first scene
On your flat panel screen
Lit Chanel that you've wrapped around yourself
You've got outsider art by an artist who arguably kidnapped a kid on your wall
While your designers have slyly
Directed the eye down clean lines in your well-lit hall

You've got taste, you've got taste
What a waste that that's all that you have

You wrote your thesis on the Gospel of Thomas
You shot some reversal film in Angkor Wat
And this book you once read
Says there's less people dead
At this point now than those who are not
And this film we once saw was reviled for its flaws
But its flaws were what made us have fun
And the life some folks had might have made us feel bad
Why feel bad man, it's nothing that you've done
It's all in your hand, it's all in your hand
Like a gun, like a globe, like a grand

And this thing you once said disappeared from my head
In the time that it took to be amazed
And this thing you once did might have dazzled the kids
But the kids once grown up are gonna walk away
And your world is gonna change nothing
And our world is gonna change nothing

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"Singer Songwriter" as written by Will Robinson Sheff


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    General Comment"And this book you once read said there's less people dead at this point now than those who are not" is definitely a reference to "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
    BigHouseon March 31, 2011   Link
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    General Commentfew things: "you come from wealth" and "cuts by The Kinks"
    mrtscon July 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be about elitism and/or pretentiousness ... and how all the hip stuff you like/do will not amount to anything meaningful if you don't have anything else in your life.
    Way_AEon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think The Last Laugh refers to the film by F.W. Murnau, hence why it'd be on a flat panel TV (it also ties in to the pretentiousness theme, cause it'd be a real "film geek" film).
    starmandon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPoe and Artaud*

    permanentredon July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI was waiting for someone to show me how badly I fucked that up. Thank you. :P
    smileforthecameraon July 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefiantly about pretentious people. More to the point about the kind of people you find in Hollywood; people who are surrounded by art and artists but don't absorb any of the art they surround themselves with. They "have taste" in that they know what's good, but they only make what they think people want to hear/see, and so they end up nothing but walking cleches rather than the artists that were genuine, and became everlasting because of it.
    reds21on July 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs "Anchor Watt" meant to be Angkor Wat? The first one doesn't really make sense and the second one's a pretty famous Cambodian monument which kinda fits with the whole privelaged upbringing thing? Just a thought, anyway.
    Appers66on July 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's "the Last Laugh's first scene," not foreseen.
    tommy crashwreckon August 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentShould be "You've got outsider art by an artist who arguably kidnapped a kid on the wall"
    fougasseon September 24, 2008   Link

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