i'm made up of instincts,
none of which are too keen.
but i get by with these high cheek bones,
little faith in people,
or a higher being.

i'm a man with desires
and if i told you any different, i'd be a liar.
as hard as i've tried i've found
i can't deny myself those things that i want.

as last night turns into this morning...
buried in your blankets, left for dead,
my heart beating in my head.
i lie still, pretending i'm asleep...
and i watch you put your clothes on for me,
a local pharmacist and his wife,
and i'm convinced after your performance
that this world is too big for us,
and our stupid instincts,
and our stupid desires.

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    General Commentjesus
    kinsellakidon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmike kinsella totally stripped down. i don't even have to know him or hear him tell me to know that this song is a very personal song and is completely autobiographical. genius.
    noyeson December 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti'm really surprised this song didn't get more comments. god.... it's lovely.
    deadnoraliveon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmike kinsella is probably one of my favourite musicians
    mulmoon September 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really think this song is called "Playing Possum for a Peed", not a peek
    Curlequon November 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe line "local pharmacist and his wife," is a reference to The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I was recently reading the book and when I came to this phrase and I knew it sounded conspicuously familiar. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is Mike Kinsella's favorite book as well so it certainly is no coincidence. It's a great book, go read it!
    LightWeighton March 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentin the first 2 sections he seems to say that he lives by his instincts and desires for women. the third section is my favorite, its like the next morning after a one night stand. i think my favorite line is 'my heart beating in my head' in reference to a hang over.

    i dont understand the pharmacist and his wife line. i guess i should read that book. i get the feeling that he regrets his lifestyle. pietro crespi and his newer songs seem to reflect that too. this is one of my favorites.
    HeyNiceGetson June 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is almost my favorite song in the world

    i can get lost in it
    mockorange13on October 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCurlequ said: "I really think this song is called "Playing Possum for a Peed", not a peek"

    why would it be peed?
    he talks about pretending to be asleep so he can watch her get dressed. so he's playing possum (pretending to be dead) to watch the girl (peek).
    heathsokon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhy cant all men be more comfortable with this kind of sincere sensitivity? My heart beats in my head all too much.
    LLridinghoodon August 16, 2007   Link

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