In The Presence Of Presents 2003

by Jed Davis

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9 non-holiday covers, and one holiday original!

The point was to rearrange the covers so they sounded like they were done by neither myself nor the original artist, but a third party who would never be caught dead covering that song. So "No Milk Today" was arranged to sound like The Shins; "Tarzan Boy" like Peter Gabriel; "Political Science" like Cheap Trick, and so on.

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released December 25, 2003

© 2003 Jed Davis
Cover photo by Crazee Joe Slevin

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Track Name: I Screwed Up
The sun revolves around the earth
The sun exists to feed the earth
The sun goes out without the earth
So sit at home and wait for me to call

And when it's over
All I've got are these stupid metaphors
And I screwed up
And I know it
You don't owe me anything
What good is it to know it all
When the knowing doesn't change a thing?
And I screwed up
It's not funny
You don't know me anymore
And what good is a lesson learned
When there's no one here to learn it for?
I screwed up.

Baby
I know
I know what usually happens in this part of the song.
This is the part where the guy with the really deep voice comes on
And he... he quotes Alexander Pope.
He says, "Baby, in the words of the esteemed
Alexander Pope,
To err is human
To forgive, divine."
And we both know how divine you are.
So I just know you'll take me back someday.
But until that day baby, please...
Please stop screening your phone calls, baby!
Aw, it's just no good
You don't wanna hear my voice
Any more than you wanna see my face.
So I picked up the phone
I called my pal Joey Ramone
And I begged him to plead my case:

"He screwed up
And he knows it
You don't owe him anything
What good is it to know it all
When the knowing doesn't change a thing?
And he screwed up
It's not funny
He don't know you anymore
And what good is a lesson learned
When there's no one here to learn it for?
He screwed up."

Well the morning comes without the sun
Oh baby, I can't see a thing
I'm thinking I may never find my way out of this bed
When the telephone starts to ring
I let it ring 1-2-
1-2-3-4 times before I say hello
And Joey says, "I'm sorry, man -
It didn't go as planned -
Our first date is tomorrow."

Oh, the worst part is
That this all happened
At Christmas.

Joey Ramone stole my baby at Christmas.

I screwed up
And I know it
You don't owe me anything
What good is it to know it all
When the knowing doesn't change a thing?
And I screwed up
It's not funny
You don't know me anymore
And what good is a lesson learned
When there's no one here to learn it for?
I screwed up.