No Reception

from by Aaron Kelly

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I can't get reception
But the commercials, they come in fine
You can pay to turn them off
But I don’t have two dimes

I saw a statue there
But I don't think it saw me
Barefoot and bottomed out
So comfortably

Where the face behind the counter
Never smiles too much
Service with a sorry, man
This job is driving me nuts

Yeah, mine too, what can we do
I work a loading dock
I get a forklift if I'm lucky
Blisters when I'm not

I watched that State of the Union address
And the election coverage, too
It just seems like everything they say
Never translates into anything that they do

Somehwere under a blue moon in Kentucky
Aster plume in bourbon mist
Up and down, and all around
This blessed continent

Who's gonna save us now
That we've pledged our soul's allegiance
To the fatting of the cow

On the day JFK was shot
C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley died, too
Playing last word's edit Russian Roulette
Up on the book depository roof

Now violence is up on Sesame Street
Fuzzy was not found
Old Mother Goose put her neck in a noose
And laid her burdens down

Someone feed me some information
I need a data fix
Or some kind of USB IV
That slits right into my wrist

I'm getting off that train, though
The next stop I can ride
Go get myself an old guitar
And see what’s inside

There's music playing now
On a stage inside a bar
And the singer looks out at a bunch of other people, just like him
Trying to figure out who we all are

Somewhere, anywhere, everywhere
Let freedom ring
May the voices of the people
Come together and bring about the change that they wish to see

Who's gonna save us now
That we've pledged our soul's allegiance
To the fatting of the cow
Who will recognize the son
There is work to be done


from Barefoot and Bottomed Out, released January 7, 2016


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Aaron Kelly Oswego, Illinois

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