Ramshackle Glory - 4 - From Here Till Utopia (Song For The Desperate) (by JelloBeans)

Well, I’m afraid that the circles I’ve been drinking myself in Aren’t big enough for the vowels that I try to fit inside of them When I was young I drank too much and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel so goddamn young tonight Maybe too young to ask what’s on my mind Like if freedom means doing what you want Well don’t you gotta want something? And won’t you tell me that we want something more than just more beer? And my friends, if that ain’t true, won’t you lie to me tonight? Well I’ve been listening to Minor Threat records all day And shit if I do not know every word; I sing along as I tie off And Ian screams he’s out of step As I throw the cotton into the spoon, draw up into the syringe I’ll know just what he means until I hit a vein But after that I won’t have to bother With knowing who I am, for a while at least In a moment the whole world is gonna melt around me And I’ll swear I don’t miss it as a I lie to you tonight Because I’m afraid to look the world in the eye If nothing’s gonna change, well then, I’d rather die And I’m too unemployed to organize a union I’m too intoxicated to tear down a building I’m too hopeless to look for a solution I’m afraid that if I found one, I’d be out of excuses For the way I waste away in the gutters that I chose Like fashion accessories to go with my dirty clothes I haven’t bathed in months, but you know it’s not because I’ve been fighting bourgeois morals; I’m just lazy and I’m young I’ve seen the best minds of my generation dying drunk or high From the rooftops to the parking lots Stomped to death in West Philadelphian squats They’ve got me waiting on a day When we can say “fuck the police!” with a little bit of integrity, When it’ll mean “I’ve got your back if you’ve got mine!” Give me a scene where I believe in more Than bad hair cuts, guilt, and misery I don’t know where I fit between the vegans and the nihilists That might be the first thing I’ve said that wasn’t a lie tonight ‘Cause there’s gotta be something more Than lying in the front yard naked screaming at the constellations I want something more than an apology to say When I look the world in the eye I’ll tell you, man, my friend william came to me with a message of hope It went, “fuck you and everything that you think you know If you don’t step outside the things that you believe they’re gonna kill you” He said, “no one’s gonna stop you from dying young and miserable and right But if you want something better, you gotta put that shit aside” I thought about how for thousands of years There have been people who told us that things can’t go on like this From Jesus Christ to The Diggers From Malthus to Zerzan From Karl Marx to Huey Newton But the shit goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. Now I’m not saying that we can’t change the world Because everybody does at least a little bit of that But I won’t shit myself: the way I’m living is a temper tantrum And I need something else, need something else Need something else to stay alive (ohohoh) And on the night that I play my last show I’ll be singing so loud that my heart explodes And I’ll be singing, and I’ll be singing, “we are free!” Oh but won’t you promise me That we won’t ever forget what the means? I know it’s hard to give a shit sometimes But promise me we’ll always try Because I don’t wanna hate you and I don’t wanna hate me And I don’t wanna have to hate everything anymore

Jak Kerley