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A happy rock song (with some techno synth) about putting your personal self out in public. Though the initial verse/pre-chorus date back to the early 90s, it was finished and recorded Nov. 2012, resung and remixed in Nov. 2015.

lyrics

Am I amusing you as I am musing over me
Am I a bitter tool? Well, what else could I be?
Am I a bit too used? Are my expressions too obscure?
I’ve been away too long to simply wait it out for her
I’m gonna speak my inner self or something if you don’t mind
It’s rather surprising to be who I am!

I see I’m too unguarded to withstand a real attack
Am I a bleeding fool to put a target on my back?
I try to toughen up, but my persona’s worn too thin
I try to shake my pain, but it’s tattooed on my skin
I’m gonna speak my inner self or somebody’s if you don’t mind
It’s rather surprising that this was my plan.

I’m just a thing in the world just a-layin’ around
Just a thing in the world driven into the ground
And I’m open, I’m offered, I’m here with no explanation

I’m just a thing in the world loaded up with regret
Just a thing in the world, and I try to forget
That I’ve owned, and I’ve authored and caused my whole situation.

Are you receiving me? Am I the enemy or what?
Will you cherish me, or will you kick me in the butt?
Do I have a shot with you, or am I aiming much too high?
Or am I just too late, and now the crush of fate is nigh?
I’m gonna put myself all in on auction if you don’t mind
I’m not gonna lose more than you’re gonna win

I’m just a thing in the world, just taking up space
Just a thing in the world, smashed all over the place
And I’m lonely and awful and feeling with no destination

I’m just a thing in the world, so absorbed with myself
A thing in the world; I’m obsessed with my health
And I’m hopeful and wanting and feel my whole situation

I’m just a thing in the world loaded up with regret
Just a thing in the world, and I try to forget
That I’m a thing in the world

credits

from Songs from the Partially Examined Life, released December 4, 2015
All instruments by ML

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Mark Lint Madison, Wisconsin

Catchy, homespun tunes ranging in style from power pop to folk ballads to alt country, laced with a sense of the absurd.

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