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i was 26 when i realized that i didn’t have a clue
where the hell i was going or what i was gonna do
cause i know we’re all one body
i wanna be the most useful part
but i can’t decide between the head, the hands, the lungs and heart
so i choose nothing
i always choose nothing

they say you can’t take nothing with you when you go
so i won’t take nothing with me anymore

so i drove around new brunswick
on a tuesday afternoon
searching for a basement
that i think that i once knew
i don’t remember what it looked like
i just remember how it felt
wishing that this too too sullied flesh
somehow could melt
and i still wish that
half the time

they say you can’t take nothing with you when you go
so i won’t take nothing with me anymore

and the words got stuck in the back of my throat
i was hoping somebody else would know
the things i wanted to say
so i wouldn’t have to speak myself
cause they say there’s a time to speak and a time to listen
there are times to fight and a time to give in
there are times i think i’ve got it together
and times i think that i might live forever
then there’s times that there’s a pain in my chest
screaming “don’t kid yourself kid, you’ve gotta rest”
for that the nypd ain’t got nothing on you honey

and the last great modern romance
ends with a whimper, not a bang
and the feeling it was never quite as great
as i once sang
i don’t think of you that often
but when i do i start to weep
for the 15 years i wasted
trying to be who you want me to be
but i forgive you
and i forgive me
i don’t care if you forgive me

they say you can’t take nothing with you when you go
so i won’t take nothing with me anymore

כָּל נִדְרֵי,
וֶאֱסָרֵי, וּשְבוּעֵי, וַחֲרָמֵי, וְקוֹנָמֵי, וְקִנוּסֵי, וְכִנוּיֵי,
דִנְדַרְנָא, וּדְאִשְתַּבַּעְנָא, וּדְאַחֲרִמְנָא וּדְאָסָרְנָא עַל נַפְשָׁתָנָא.
(מִיוֹם כִּפּוּרִים שֶׁעָבַר עַד יוֹם כִּפּוּרִים זֶה, וּ)
מִיוֹם כִּפּוּרִם זֶה עַד יוֹם כִּפּוּרִים הַבָּא עָלֵינוּ לְטוֹבָה.
בְּכֻלְהוֹן אִחֲרַטְנָא בְהוֹן. כֻּלְהוֹן יְהוֹן שָׁרָן,
שְׁבִיקין, שְׁבִיתִין, בְּטֵלִן וּמְבֻטָלִין, לָא שְׁרִירִין, וְלָא קַיָמִין,
נִדְרָנָא לָא נִדְרֵי, וֶאֱסָרָנָא לָא אֱסָרֵי,
וּשְׁבוּעָתָנָא לָא שְׁבוּעוֹת.

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from Ordinary Eternal Machinery, released May 19, 2017

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