The Yellow Wallpaper

from by Jed Davis

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My mom came home from college and said to my grandmother:
"I can make a difference in the world."
She said, "I have a voice, and I will teach with it
And my initiative will surely force the necessary changes."

There's a vague and faceless "they"
And it's always in the way
And someone ought to do something
Patternless and dense
And devoid of any sense
And if I close my eyes, it won't bother me

My grandmother said to my mom:
"My dear, the sky-blue eyes of youth tint the yellow wallpaper."
But my mom said, "Mom, what the fuck is that supposed to mean?"
And she went out to teach the world.

There's a vague and faceless "they"
And it's always in the way
And someone ought to do something
Patternless and dense
And devoid of any sense
And if I close my eyes, it won't bother me

My mom tells me:
"I was once like you." She says, "I thought I'd be the one to catch the clue
To find the pattern in the yellow wallpaper
But there's no pattern in the yellow wallpaper."

There's just you and me
And we call ourselves "they"
And we creep around, all stuck on the wall
Patternless and dense
And devoid of any sense
And if I close my eyes, it won't bother me

Directionless and dense
And devoid of any sense
And I think I'm turning into my mom.

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from Jed Has Too Much Free Time, released January 7, 1995
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Jed Davis: vocals, keyboards, guitar
Produced, as it were, by Jed Davis
Recorded and mixed by Jed Davis in his room, Farmingdale, NY

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