First run of another new tune.

NOTE: This one’s politics, too. If that’s not your can of worms, then skip this post. If you don’t and get offended, I don’t want to hear shit about it. I warned you.

I think it’s foolish to assume that any sort of art is not a  reaction to the world it’s happening in, so while we’re all sick of politics, this is just the sort of thing you can expect out of me for the moment.

Also, if, this time last month, you told me my first ever celebrity reference was going to be Shia LaBeouf (did I even spell that right? It’s late and I’m in too much of a rush to care right now.), I’d have looked at you like you had three heads and said “what? that kid from Transformers?”

Life is weird like that.

This one’s a ukulele tune. I suppose it would be easy enough to play on guitar, too, but somehow it just flows better on the uke. I was working on it and working on it on guitar and I just couldn’t figure out where I was going and it was depressing as fuck, so I grabbed the uke, scrapped 90% of it, and it fell together pretty quickly after that. Songs are funny that way.

14

Shia lost some more innocence today

because some small man had 14 words to say

He will not divide us is what the moving pictures say

but there is so much shouting that words just get in the way.

 

And I’d take a vow of silence

if it would make these people hear

that a historic backward action

can’t make history less clear.

 

I know that the world can look so very small

when you look at it through keyholes

or just don’t look at all

but the problem with building a house with

55 foot walls

is that neighbors look like monsters

when you’re peeking through the cracks

and while they’re living their lives

you’re afraid to turn your back.

 

They say the sky’s the limit but it’s just so far away

when people kick you down

for every little thing you say

So, there are 14 things I’m not going to say to you

but know that I’m still listening

and I’ll tell you what’s not true

we don’t live in a world of alternative facts

that’s just liars making a lot of noise to distract

us from the laws that they’re all breaking

and the broken backs they climb upon

and lack of planning that’s gonna backfire on ’em.

 

And I’d take a vow of silence

if it would make these people hear

that a historic backward action

can’t make history less clear.

 

So I’ve got negative fourteen things to say to you

but from where I’m standing there’s a

pretty darn good view

of a fighting force 2800 miles strong

with battle flags waving to tell you when you’re wrong.

So I try not to worry about your inflated head

maybe we can skip the wall and build a hat for it instead.

 

And I’d take a vow of silence

if it would make these people hear

that a historic backward action

can’t make history less clear.

 

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