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Saddam Hussein

from Sincerity / Sarcasm by Collapsing Opposites



On the day they captured Saddam Hussein
I could not complain. I could not say anything!
All were very happy, parading ‘round the TV,
but I had laryngitis stuck in the bed.
September Eleventh made us lose our patience
in anything that criticizes our world!
Sing about the rain and sing about the trees and
sing about the beach. It’s oh so passionate.

Every single time I try to write a happy song,
something always goes wrong. Something messes it up.
A little falsetto or a slightly wrong note,
I cannot resist the tone of that bitter sarcasm.
English teacher said, “for your story to be read,
you must include a little dread. Something must get fucked up!”
It happens when you edit: always have to change it.
Heaven, we won’t let it come. It’s a lie.

They say you are born with an empty blank page:
eleven by eight. You can do anything!
Little kids are so bright, drawing little sunshines.
This was brought to you by our corporate sponsors.
If you could just be you and bullies wouldn’t bother you,
there’d be nothing to do but swim and praise God.
But, just like Charles Darwin, and just like Joseph Stalin,
and just like Ira Gershwin, you will leave your mark!


from Sincerity / Sarcasm, released February 12, 2004
Written by Collapsing Opposites.
Ryan McCormick sang and played guitar and keyboard.
Recorded by Ryan McCormick in his bedroom, January 2004.
Mastered by Dan Toews.


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