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Bad Habits

from Some Songs by Seth Benjamin

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Written by Seth Benjamin.
Recorded May 2014.


well i've been trying not to think so loud my mind shuts out my mouth
'cause all those things i meant to say much earlier took a fucking year
just to make their way off of my tongue and past my teeth 'cause
man, well, the voices upstairs love to talk and tell me you won't hear
my point of view quite as true as it sounds to me, well, really, no,
it doesn't sound like much but that's enough to keep me up at night
well i tell you, finally, butterflies in acid burn my insides out
but soon dissolve 'cause now you smile and everything's all right

please, won't you show me some place where i can get some rest 'round here

and i’ve been trying to pull my head out of my ass, well i don’t know
seems like every time my mouth starts talking, by word three,
he’s stabbed you through the heart, an accusation cracks the ribcage
i didn’t mean to sound like that, it’s just i’m still reaching for who i ought to be
and i’m not sorry that i told you, i still would, it’s just
every time the man up top barks orders he don’t realize
that he’s no saint himself, until he goes and proves it to you
and i’m down on my knees, begging for forgiveness, and you’re smiling down at me

please, won't you show me some place where i can make some peace 'round here
no matter how i behave, it seems to come back and haunt me

and i can hear my words rain down like hell,
i promise you, it’s not ‘cause i can’t tell
my hands are cuffed and stay behind my back,
i swear, i’m not like that

eighteen years aren’t enough to scrub clean
dirt painted over but always seen
self-spilled blood of a fuming old brat
i thought i could beat that

but she paints by numbers to three
and the picture breaks me clean

(i’ve been trying hard to break these bad habits)


from Some Songs, released July 18, 2014




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