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am I happy?
well, no not really
does make me sad?
not necessarily
you see, when I'm sad it makes me kinda happy
to feel so much of something
and when I'm happy it makes me kinda sad
to know that life don't last
life is full of in betweens
broken bottles and busted dreams
sometimes you gotta fall apart at the seams
to know what you're stuffed with

life is like walking through a meadow
and I got some burs in my pants today

if something's too sweet it will rot your teeth
so I chew the dirt that surrounds my feet
spit out the stones and swallow what I must
sometimes it gets you clean to roll around in the dust
I aint bitter or especially depressed
just giving form to these lumps in my chest
it aint pretty, in fact it's a mess
but you gotta work with what you're stuck with

sometimes a darkness settles on my heart
keeps me separate, keeps me apart
from all the little things in life I see other people enjoying
but it keeps me grounded and keeps me sane
keeps me from getting carried away
by all the little things in life that really aint that important

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from Bones of the Tree, track released January 1, 2006

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Jonathan Burks Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"

here's some pro tips:

1) Keep a scream journal. Scream into a camera or microphone at least once a day. Any word or sound will work. "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK" seems to work for me.

2) Dance for 5 minutes daily. Dance on the way to the bathroom or kitchen. Dance as ugly as you can.

3) Make funny faces. Sit in front of a mirror and get strange.
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