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lyrics

I very badly need to go running
I feel pent up in my own body.
It's incredible that I won't be alive forever
and incredible that I don't make the most of it now.
I need to put on my shoes and go running
tie my hair up so it doesn't bother me
I need to step out under the sun
in the hope I can again become
a part of the world I live in.

I could so easily be a hermit
but that would surely be the end of it
the final leap into madness,
the nearby ledge overlooking the abyss
I would miss my friends
I would miss my family
but would soon become demented
and in that state you see
avoiding and missing them would be better than
company and revealing the insanity within
Well, if only I talked more and if only I were capable
of telling people when I need help
instead of hoping they might be able
to read my mind or at least the part of my mind
that shouldn't be censored
so not that much of it really...

This is an open letter
to anyone that has two eyes:
I'm not doing so good
I'm not doing so good

It's a beautiful day and people below move about their day
As per often I feel removed from them all
I think I need a normal job
so I too can feel normal and join the ranks of
everyone that complains about their lovely boring job.
But just for now putting on my shoes
and going running
might be all that I need
for a vital dose of sweet reality
I'll run by the beach and try to
shut off my mind
I'll run by the beach and try to
match my speed to
that of the world around
though I don't quite know how
and then I'll look for a lovely, lovely, lovely boring job.

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from How to Care for an African Violet, released June 11, 2014

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Ciara Carruthers Portland, Oregon

Ukulele playing, singer-songwriter from Ireland.

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