I'm A Mess

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A prophecy of the future based on factual current events.



I never worked very hard for anything
never knew the true meaning of oh-oh-oh suffering
I was just a wide-eyed boy from the plains of the Great Midwest
and I'd yet to make my mark on life's biggest test
the years have passed and the grades are in
hopin' for the best
but I ain't too proud to profess that I'm a huge success
at bein' a mess
failing my course in responsibility
I'm gettin a D in being 33
the only class I aced escaping reality

I never worked out could never do a pullup
I never hurried up to be a grown up
I was just a boy-brained man in the body of a 50 year old
and I'd yet to make a hit or land my own tv show
I just thought I'd outgrown this slovenly process but you know what they say about the press (nothin' bad bout that)
I'm a huge success at bein' a mess
If I were you I wouldn't even say hello
If I ask you to supper please say thanks but no
cuz supper tonight, uh oh Spaghetti-O's

whatever happened to that other guy I used to be
so many years ago
he was reliable, responsible and willing and able
he's gone, he's gone, yes, he's gone

I never believed in a place where we go
when we go, oh-oh-oh six feet below
I was just a bitter old man on the edge of post-mortem
and my withered hands had failed to grasp carpe diem
I just hope my life story won't fail to impress
cuz I was the best of the best I am a huge success
at bein' a mess
only need one word for my biography
precede that by 3 words and you will see
the truest picture of me


from Singles, track released March 12, 2015
Art Elliot - iron lung, iron age
Matt Camgros - iron maiden, ironing, iron so far away



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Art Elliot Oakland, California

Art Elliot sings of apocalyptic futures, lost loves, bleak ice ages and depression-era folk art, among other topics.

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