"The only real answer to the question 'whither rock and roll?' is 'hither.'
Some people think the answer is 'thither.' They're wrong. Those theories are passé."

Nobody listens very well
They only want to tell you
When you're being self destructive

Nobody understands the pressure you are under
No wonder why
You aren't more productive

Never had the means or the wherewithal
To try to break your dying fall
Never had the energy on earth
To give a full accounting of what you don't deserve

Nobody listens very much
Or seems to want to touch you
When your body needs it most

Nobody seems to make provisions
For when their bad decisions
Come around and haunt them

Never had the time or the inclination to
Accept an invitation to
Wave somebody's flag

Then again I never had a friend who was such a goner
And it would be an honor
If it wasn't such a drag

The world owes me a living and I intend to collect

Nobody listens very carefully
Nobody's ever there for me
Not even when they try to be

Nobody listens very closely
Except to diagnose me
Second-guess and presuppose me
Adios mi corazon

Never had an angle for to play
If it got out of your own way
Even for the sake of argument

Never for a minute did your heart stop being in it
If you win it costs you nothing
If you lose it's something different

Lyrics submitted by albigensian

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