CELEBRATION PARTY!

by Jed Davis

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released July 1, 2010

© 2010 Jed Davis

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Track Name: Before I Was Born (live)
The Lord cursed me before I was born
My first cells divide
The program inside was already running
The Lord cursed me before I was born
The choices I'd make were already made
Before I had choices
The Lord cursed me.

He gave me the spirit to never say die
The talent to raise expectations too high
Now nothing's enough and I can't figure why.

The Lord cursed me before I was born
It can't be denied
The pull of the tides, the call of your nature
The Lord cursed me before I was born
My first cells divide
The program inside was already running
The Lord cursed me.

He gave me the conscience to know wrong from right
So the tiniest fuckup would kill me inside
He gave me compassion, then drove me to crime.

The Lord cursed me before I was born
The news from on high:
"Everything that you try will blow up and burn you."
The Lord cursed me before I was born
"In your formative years [He said]
You'll have no idea how to handle rejection."
The Lord cursed me.

He gave me the insight to open my eyes
To know when you're lying, which is most of the time
I prayed for a respite; this was the reply:

"There is no point
There is no plan
Don't even try to understand
You have no rights
You have no soul
You'll take it 'til I say so.
On your knees and open wide."

The Lord cursed me before I was born
His Holy Decree:
"By age 23, your hair will be thinning."
The Lord cursed me before I was born
His Heavenly Word:
"Before you get heard, you'll turn suicidal."
The Lord cursed me.

He made me look normal, so I could fit in
And get close enough to see what I was missing
While all of the bad things that I would become
Were waiting in ambush before I was born.
Track Name: Run Don't Walk (live)
You know, if I were famous
You could all share my life
Be with me as I grow up
Leave my hometown, take a wife

Get fat
Get old
Get dopey and die
It's gonna happen anyway
It's gonna happen someday
Shit, it already may
But at least this way
Someone would care

In the late summer twilight
I'd pretend this was TV
Every school year a new season
The whole world was watching me
New plotlines to resolve
New supporting cast to meet
And the klieg light sun went down
On my famous house and town
And I'd interview myself
Because if I didn't
Nobody would

Run don't walk, don't turn around.

Not your boyfriend
Not you prom king
I am no one
I am free
Hear the fat man
He is singin
Sing "I'm walkin, yes indeed."
But this unfinished business
Grinds me slowly to a halt
Now I stare forever backwards
Like a pillar of salt

Here's a verse for my parents
Such a fine job raising me
Pass me blame for all my failures
But it's luck when I succeed
You said, "Get off your pointless path now, kid
No matter where it leads."
So now that it's brought me here
At least try to sound sincere
Though I shrugged off all your plans
You can still brag about me
To your friends

At my high school reunion
They will all gather round
From this hotel piano
I coax sweet, sacred sounds
It's the rumble of redemption
It's the tinkling of hope
At last the cheerleaders cheer
And the cool kids raise their beers
And the whole world strains to hear
Then I wake up
Knowing I won't even go.

Run don't walk, don't turn around.
Track Name: She Loves You (NO NO NO) (live)
Every girl I see is prettier than you
What am I supposed to do?
I'm leaving it alone.
I'ma stop and pick me up
A slutty hoochie mama
Only kidding, ha ha
See you back at home

Where I'll have to fall on all-fours
When I walk through the door
"May I please have some more?"
And I'll have to nod and pretend
Like I'm happy again
Every time that you win

This is where we started:
Blind and shallow-hearted
And you're all I got
This is where we ended:
Cold and codependent
And you're all I got
This is where we're standing:
Guilty and red-handed
And you're all I got
This is where we're going:
Absolutely nowhere
And you're all I got

Okay, I'm a prick
I'm a loser, I'm a grouch
Please kick me to the couch
So I can be alone
Every time I think
"My lawful wedded wife"
I scar myself for life
I'll see your ass at home

Where I'll have to fall on all-fours
When I walk through the door
"May I please have some more?"
And I'll have to nod and pretend
Like I'm happy again
Every time that you win

This is where we started:
Blind and shallow-hearted
And you're all I got
This is where we ended:
Cold and codependent
And you're all I got
This is where we're standing:
Guilty and red-handed
And you're all I got
This is where we're going:
Absolutely nowhere
And you're all I got

(She says she loves you)
Shut up, I don't wanna know
(She says she loves you)
But I'm ready to go
(She says she loves you)
No no no
NO

This is where it started:
Studio apartment
Now it's been three years
This is where it ended:
Turning 27
Both of us in tears
This is what we promised:
Not to be alarmist
Not to disappear
Got your stupid ring here
Stick it on your finger -

This is where we started:
Blind and shallow-hearted
And you're all I got
This is where we ended:
Cold and codependent
And you're all I got
This is where we're standing:
Guilty and red-handed
And you're all I got
This is where we're going:
Absolutely nowhere
And you're all I got

(She says she loves you)
Shut up, I don't wanna know
(She says she loves you)
But Mike, I'm all ready to go
(She says she loves you)
No no no
NO

Every girl I see is prettier than you
Well I guess I'm fuckin screwed.
Track Name: Blood (live)
Blood
Liquid light
Coat your skin
Slippery skin
Covered
Blood
Cut the cord
Rinse it down
Slap the back
Breathing
Blood
On your palm
On your knee
Through the torn
Cotton
Blood
From your arm
Needle tip
Look away
Stinging
Blood
Soaking gauze
Missing tooth
Under your
Pillow
Blood
Busted lip
Burning ribs
Dusty jeans
Fumble
Blood
On the screen
Slash and scream
Horror
Sleepover
Blood
Flowing through
Every tick
Of a life
Yeah

Blood in a bead on the tips of our fingers
Mix until we are brothers
Now we're in this together
Can't take it back, ever

Blood
Shocking spill
Marking time
For the new
Woman
Blood
On the sheets
Afterglow
Of a first
Passion
Blood
Welling deep
Running free
Far from home
Panic
Blood
Busted lip
Burning ribs
Dusty jeans
Honor
Blood
Underpaid
Flushing cheek
Salty sweat
Wasted
Blood
Slow and thick
Tiny veins
Squeezing tight
Pressure
Blood
On the knee
Of a child
Steady voice
Comfort
Blood
Flowing through
Every tick
Of a life

Listen to it rush
Listen to the sound
Listen in the dark
When there's no one around

Blood in a bead on the tips of our fingers
Mix until we are brothers
Now we're in this together
Can't take it back, ever

Blood in my throat
On my tongue
On my fingers
Sop it up and collect it
Let them bottle and sell it
Now you're listening to it, yeah
This is my blood.
Track Name: Seven And The Ragged Tiger (live)
Duran
Duran
Duran
Duran

I love to say Duran Duran
I say it over and over and over again
The World Premiere Video is on at eight
For a brand-new song called "Union of the Snake"
I love to say Duran Duran
While I dream of Ms. Pac Man
Come on everybody and say Duran Duran with me

Duran
Duran
Duran
Duran

I went without hot lunch for weeks
Just so I could afford that record
"Reflex" and "New Moon on Monday"
Taunted me on MTV
Till finally my mom agreed
To take me to Sam Goody and I
Saw it shining in its shrink-wrap
In the front display it was

Duran
Duran
Duran
Duran

I love to say Duran Duran
I say it over and over and over again
The World Premiere Video is on at eight
For a brand-new song called "Union of the Snake"
I love to say Duran Duran
While I dream of Ms. Pac Man
Come on everybody and say Duran Duran with me

I ran towards my holy grail
Past High N' Dry and Back in Black and
Just as I was reaching out
A voice behind me called my name
I turned around and saw her in
A Ricky Schroeder t-shirt and
She said she wanted puffy stickers
But I knew I'd die without

Duran
Duran
Duran
Duran

Here's the latest on Scott Baio, won't you let me hold your hand?
Here's a Ricky Schroeder pin-up, won't you let me hold your hand?
I cut up my 16 magazine for you
Now loving me forever is the least you can do

Give me back those stickers
Girls are stupid anyway.

I love to say Duran Duran
I say it over and over and over again
Years have passed and I feel the same
Though I never got that record - now I can't recall its name
I love to say Duran Duran
While I dream of Ms. Pac Man
Come on everybody and say Duran Duran with me

Duran
Duran
Duran
Duran
Track Name: Do You Feel All Right? (live)
Is this supposed to change your life?
Or is it soundtrack muzak?
Is it your motivation?
Or only decoration?

Should I want to change your mind?
Affect the way you use your time?
There's so far you can force it
Before you find out what's important:

Do you feel all right?

If you play this in your car
If you sing along, I've done my job
And if it's on while you make out
Then I've done real good

And though the lyric's shitty
If the chords are cliché pretty
You'd better learn to love it -
You're gonna hear a lot more of it

Do you feel all right?

Do you feel all right?
Then let me hear you.
Track Name: Enough (live)
At the entrance to the stairway
That takes me to the 1 and 9 train
There is a sign above an arcade
"TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH," it says
It makes me think of arcades
Of pinball decks and video games
It makes me think of Donkey Kong
The big kids playing Donkey Kong
And me too young to make a quarter last
But watching hard and standing fast
It was then I heard a word I'd never heard before:
The word the big kid playing Donkey Kong said
Every time his man went dead
I asked my mother what it meant
She told me, "Never mind
'Cause bright kids don't use words like that."

And suddenly
I'm seeing things with eyes I haven't used in twenty years
I see a man
His mouth, it cups around a sigh atop these stairs
He knows his train is pulling out without him
Everything's gone on without him
How could he end up like this?
Why doesn't he look happy?

And suddenly
My lips are pursed to shape the air, and out it comes
Out it comes:
A word I'm not supposed to say
I go and say it anyway
I march downstairs to miss my train
And I can't lift my head

To take a last look at the arcade
A bigger, brighter arcade
Than the one where all the big kids played
And said the word
They said a word I'd never heard
They said too much
They said enough
They said too much is not enough
They say too much is not enough
They say enough is not enough
Is not enough
Is not enough
But I say
Man, it is.
Track Name: I Hate All The People At My Party (live)
A full-on celebration
A hundred invitiations
I had the cooler stocked by 4pm
The mixtape done by 5
I cleaned the whole place up with Arty
Ordered pizza from Lombardi's
Yeah, it was quite the fuckin party
Until the guests arrived

Now I hate all the people at my party
My heart is full of sorrow
My apartment full of lame
Every loser in six counties
Is guzzling down my beer
And the hotties I invited never came.

There are eighteen Trekkies in my breakfast nook
Talking really loud about comic books
They're about to get their asses kicked
By a bunch of surly punks
It's a big old fuckin trainwreck
Somebody tie the noose 'round my neck
'Cause I blew my entire paycheck
Just to get these assholes drunk

Now I hate all the people at my party
My heart is full of sorrow
My apartment full of lame
Every loser in six counties
Is guzzling down my beer
And the hotties I invited never came.

A full-on celebration
A hundred invitations
The desperate lengths I go to wind up
Playing with myself
Somebody man the stereo
The TV set remote control
You all just make yourself at home
I'm going someplace else

Now I hate all the people at my party
My place is full of sausage
My face is red with shame
Every loser in six counties
Is guzzling down my beer
And the hotties I invited never came.
Track Name: We Wait And We Wait (live)
She waits for a fable
For the start of a story
That she heard long ago
Too good not to come true

I can't compete, no way.

Because the man, the man in the moon
Is cooler than me, so constant and brightly smiling
Oh the man, the man in the moon
Cuts holes in the night and leaves me washed out by his light
Oh to be the man in the moon
Nothing to prove, swaddled in nonexistence
Oh and I'll be sick of this soon
But she'll remain
In love with the man in the moon.

I wait for a fable
For the start of a story
That I heard long ago
Too good not to come true
Track Name: Duck And Cover (live)
This was all a joke
All a dream
A phase
A hoax
All a waste of everyone's time
I'm taking the hit
This failure's mine
Nobody's pulling strings with fate or luck
It's no one else's fault we're fucked
So go on and strut out there
Unprepared
With no idea
You should be scared
I guess I'm sorry

Duck and cover your eyes
We're going down
Keep your hands to yourself
Let it drown

Laughing by the bar
On your couch
And in my car
It's all that sweet and beautiful stuff
That makes this part
So weird and rough
So let the teenage sages
Sing their songs
Pretend it's wisdom
Sing along
I'll give 'em this:
I'm not unaware
They left out the verse
Where life is fair
Nobody bought it

Duck and cover your eyes
We're going down
Keep your hands to yourself
Let it drown
That's the last one they get
At our expense
Yeah, I know we suck at life
We suck at love
We suck at self-defense

You took everything
You took everything
While I waited
And waited

This was all a joke
All a dream
A phase
A hoax
All a waste of everyone's time
I'm taking the hit
This failure's mine
Nobody's pulling strings with fate or luck
It's no one else's fault we're fucked
So go on and strut out there
Unprepared
With no idea
You should be scared
I guess I'm sorry

Duck and cover your eyes
We're going down
Keep your hands to yourself
Let it drown
That's the last one they get
At our expense
Yeah, I know we suck at life
We suck at love
We suck at self-defense

Duck and cover your eyes