Note to Self

from by Jonathan Burks

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you've got to write like a MF everyday
you gotta bend that pen until it bleed your pain
the muse don't dance if you don't make it rain
you've gotta write like a mother-front-door everyday

gather my tools and I set me down
get down to business when I mess around
extend my digits, move my mouth
push and pull words and chords til something shakes out

you've got to write like open-back-door everyday
you've got to bend that pen until it bleed your pain
can't grow no crops if you don't catch the rain
you got to write like a mooger-fooger everyday

honing my craft and paying my dues
I work my 9 to 5 and my five to nine too
no rest for the wicked, I must be raising hell
good god I need some water send the bucket to the well

you gotta write like a mutha-ducka everyday
you've got to bend that pen til it bleeds your pain
aint no shortcuts, it's a long walk through the rain
you gotta write like a mmmmmmrrrrrrrrrr everyday

couldn't catch a hook if it was stuck in my thumb
I get so dang lonely when the songs don't come
guess I'll have to motivate and get at them
grease up my elbows, dig the rut into a trench

you've gotta write like a fudder-rucker every day
you got to bend that pen until it bleed your pain
the muse don't dance if you don't make it rain
you gotta write like a open-front-door everyday

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from How I Roll, released September 1, 2012

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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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