Haven't Changed Much

by Ellen Angelico

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1.
What are you doing here Can’t you see the right lane is perfectly clear You’re doing 45 with your trailer full of hay I’d do 60 in my Kia if you’d just get out my way The left lane’s for passing The right lane’s for asses like you Who’re hitting 55 and turning on the cruise The left lane is for me and the right lane is for you If your truck’s a mile high You shouldn’t drive on this side and I think you know why If you don’t care when you get there that’s totally okay But I’m here to speak for those of us who haven’t got all day You’re on time, you’re 105 You drive a combine Pull an equine trailer, tractor, cadillacker Box truck, log truck, dump truck, what the fuck Take your freight from state to state Hey it’s all great don’t mean to hate On your Florida license plate The rest of us are late
2.
Whether you buy a thing and roast your own darn coffee beans Make a scrapbook out of year old magazines Practice riding and compete in rodeos Talk to truckers on a CB radio Candle making, cosplaying, ice skating, crocheting You’re not hurting anyone just having some fun but Some things ain’t good to be good at Like playing games and leading people on So i wish you’d take a step back And quit breaking all these hearts that aren’t your own Leave folks who ain’t as good at that alone Download an app and have a football fantasy Buy some funny shoes and join a bowling league Get really good at making wheel thrown pottery If you’re funny try some stand-up comedy Exploring, skateboarding, dog sporting, pakouring Good for you if that’s what you do Other people’s hobbies don’t drive me to drink Other people’s hobbies they don’t come up with my shrink Hunt ghosts, make soap, smoke dope, jump rope You could try out fixing trucks instead of being a schmuck By now you could have learned to play trombone Instead of living in a glass house throwing stones Leave me and everybody else alone
3.
How long have you been single, don’t it suck being alone What’s a guy like me got to do to take you home I’m only average smart, I wouldn’t say I’m hot I know I’m nothing special but I’m better than the nothing that you’ve got You’ve got nothing You’ve got nothing I’m nothing special but I’m something You’ve got nothing Really nothing Let’s put a something in that nothing and get right down to loving We’ll start with conversation, move on to jack and coke We’re both adults in here, let’s get this show on the road If you say there’s someone else, baby I’m all ears I’m sure you could do better but nobody better’s here Right now I’m just a frog but I might turn out princely No way to know for sure until you kiss me The worst thing that can happen is we go our separate ways And be every bit as single as we were yesterday So at least I’m worth a shot wouldn’t you say
4.
The other day I got to thinking about all the amazing women I went to college with I thought about Hannah, she sang like a bird When she opened up for Neal McCoy, we hung on every word With Broadway and New York City firmly in her sights We were sure we'd see her name in lights But since our graduation I haven't heard a word Whatever happened to her She got married, settled down Didn't even try, just moved back to her hometown Met a guy, had some kids Might not know what feminism/who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Unlimited potential, dead and buried She lives in Duluth and she got married I thought about Maria, whose charm was unsurpassed She quickly became the president of our little freshman class She'd win in a landslide for anything for which she ran And someday we'd see her smiling face lighting up CSPAN But since our graduation I haven't heard a word Whatever happened to her She got married, settled down Didn't even try, just moved back to her hometown Met a guy, had some kids Might not know what feminism/who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Unlimited potential, dead and buried She lives in Topeka and she got married What good is talent if you don't pursue it What good is beauty if you don't know how to use it What good's a chance if you're just going to refuse it What good's domestic life if you didn't choose it For each of these women, there were hundreds more Stars I thought were rising but were just finding the door They were all beautiful and talented and promising and straight And I was just too gay to procreate She got married, settled down Didn't even try, just moved back to her hometown Met a guy, had some kids Might not know what feminism/who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Unlimited potential, dead and buried She lives in Des Moines What is in Des Moines She lives in Des Moines and she got married
5.
02:44
I used to be a lot like you 3 bed 2 bath was the right thing to do But my girlfriend brought me up to her new place Got me spreading the message to the whole human race It worked for the Turks in 500 BC And it’s working for 21st century me No dust in the corners, the walls are all round I feel like I’m flying three feet off the ground The bills may come in but they ain’t gonna hurt Trust me when I say get you a girl with a yurt Now I’m not here saying there isn’t some sense In a house and a yard and a white picket fence But don’t come crying to me when it’s hard to pay rent I’ll be doing just fine in my girlfriend’s tent There ain’t nothing wrong with living the dream But a dream is a flexible mutable thing If there’s one thing I’ve learned and intend to impart It ain’t the size of the house but the size of the heart Don’t give the Mongolians any flak If you can’t pack your home on a camel or yak

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released June 25, 2018

James Farrell: keys
Benton Kubicki: bass
Megan Jane: drums
Fiona Culley and Samantha Stephens: background vocals
Ellen Angelico: everything else

All songs by Ellen Angelico
Produced and Mixed by James Farrell
Recorded at MOXE; engineer: Jordan Hamlin, assistant engineer: Helen Vaskevitch
Additional recording at The Test Kitchen; engineer: James Farrell
Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering

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