"Support System" as written by and Phair....
I don't need a support system
Lifting me into prop position
What I need is a man of action
I need my attraction to you
Driving me down all those dangerous avenues
Lions and tigers tearing at their food

I know the gossip flies around at breakfast
One of them reins is in your hand
Where do you get the fuck off thinking I was there at the party
'Cause all my friends feed me the evil reasons
Why you and I should not be friends?
Let's think this whole thing through
Tell me, just what the hell is a lover supposed to do?
I got the wrong reaction, a slap in the face from you

This is such a stupid picture
Wrap me in a steak
Why don't you throw me in the panther cage
And maybe then I'll like you better
(No way!)

I don't need a support system
Lifting me into prop position
What they make is a separation of beauty from attitude
What satisfaction is left when all you do
Tells everyone you're acting untrue?

This is such a stupid picture
Light a cigarette
Why don't you stub it in the carborateur
And maybe then you'll sell me something
(No way!)

I don't need a support system
Put your hand on my heart and listen
What I need is a dedication to last me all the way through
Pointing the finger, I'm counting on loving you
Over and above the passion
I'm connected to you


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    General CommentMy favorite song on Whipsmart, a highly under-rated effort (I consider the combination of Exile and Whipsmart to be about as good a pair of first and second releases as anything out there). The last part of the song sums it up as a relationship that Liz was felt had the promise to be serious and that was not reciprocal. It runs so honest and counter to most of the her work on Exile that is stands out for that reason, plus the production and the clever crafting of the lyrics, e.g., prop position vs. proposition. If you have ever seen Liz's guitar work when playing Support System, it reminds me of a jazz musician working the fingerboard of a bass.
    eigenv1on January 29, 2010   Link

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