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If I'm permitted to misquote
this slogan a pessimist wrote:
"I'm only happy when it rains
through the hole where the panes
were removed to let through the monsoon"
Popcorn popping in an instant you
believe it's butter but it isn't who
slapped Baby New Year to soon?
It ain’t even noon and I'm through
'til my subscription to the rain is renewed

If I'm permitted to make stuff
completely up as I wake up:
"Ortus ad infinitum ad nauseam"
and that's something I'll be humming
when the sunup comes
I'm just a little brown field mouse and
I feel I'm out of my wheelhouse when
our yellow sun yells
"Blondes have way more fun!"
and that's something I'll be running
through the exit from

You make me sleep through the meat of a heater dream
and the meter runs on steam and that's all you can see
through the glass half empty or half full it's the same thing
when you're asleep in the fever dream
Who could care about measuring things?

Birds exploding in an instant how
does the baseball never miss it? Now
dead breath’s snaking out my aching neck
I'm all set for my involuntary bed arrest
I can’t believe they permit this and
I’d rather anger my dentist than
spend one more minute
half-awake in the oven bake rays
of the weighty radiation display every day

You make me feel like I need to appeal
to a king or a god for something they forgot
to include at the time when they wound my whining mind
See the hands break in two and it's not even
it's not even noon

If I'm permitted to misquote
this slogan an optimist wrote:
"Here comes the sun!
It's ante meridiem
and I'm done
before this miserable day's begun"


from Besides (covers & B​-​sides), released April 12, 2018


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United Shapes are an alt rock duo formed in 2004 by Joseph Devens and Drew Cave. New studio album Compound Shapes now available.

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