"Nonfiction" as written by Christopher Mark Robinson and Rich S. Robinson....
I don't know my telephone number
But you kiss good and I'd like to
See you tomorrow
And I don't beg, I pay, I don't barter
And if we had a child I'd like a son,
Not a daughter
'Cause she'd be just like you
You know that would not do

I'm no builder, I'm no gardener
I sing some songs, have a friend
Who's a photographer
There ain't no other language
I know how to speak
Some like their water shallow
And I like mine deep
Tied to the bottom
With a noose around my feet

The clouds conspire
Above my head
I overheard them
Say I wish he was dead
Today the sunset
Burned my eyes
And in the next room I hear someone cry

I like to dress up like the jury
To eat like a king, to poke fun at clergy
To talk like dirt
To love yo like tar
But never fall in too fast
With my north star
While you pull your hair out
I buy the drinks at the bar


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"Nonfiction" as written by Christopher Mark Robinson Chris Robinson

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    General CommentAny idea what's the meaning behind this one?

    It seems to be about life of a stereotype rock musician. He has an affair with a prostitue(I don't beg, I pay, I don't barter). He also has his own problems(maybe drugs) that are killing him(Clouds conspire/Above my head/I overheard them/Say I wish he was dead). The guy is an independent type, with no authorities and a will to live a full life.
    Did Chris write this about himself or some of his friends?
    myse1fon January 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIf the song were anything less than autobiographical, I cannot imagine they would have titled it "Nonfiction." For a band that is as openly honest as the Black Crowes, this song must be about as real as it gets.
    PinsNeedleson August 20, 2016   Link

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