Inner Perfectionist

from by Glassberg & The Disasters

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You know I tried to kill my inner perfectionist
But my inner perfectionist said:
“If you want your inner perfectionist dead, you’ll have to do it right”
So I stayed in my room from dawn till dusk
It really was a daunting task
I studied charts, I drew a bar graph, I couldn’t win the fight

‘Cause every time I’m on the brink of new creation
I get hung up on the proper punctuation
It’s no good when your brain rules your body
Makes you want to be anybody but yourself

And they say art should be more like Instagram
#nofilter between us and them
Wait till you feel the urge and then effortlessly spill your guts
But I’ve never been good at vomiting
Most of the time, I hold it in or
Discreetly find a rubbish bin, throw it out or cover it up

Because I’d rather spend five hours feeling nauseous
Than experience five seconds of catharsis
It’s no good when your brain rules your body
Makes you want to have any body but your own

I used to teach disadvantaged kids
I said “It doesn’t matter what you write, as long as you keep writing it.”
I was a hypocrite, I went home and banged my head against the wall
And I compared their work unfavorably to mine
Did I mention they were eight years old?

And when I tried to kill my inner perfectionist
I just wound up with songs like this one
Inconsequential, meta and fun, clever but insincere
Because my heart is like the ark of the covenant
Melts Nazis if I open it, and
In case it falls into the wrong hands, I better keep it sealed

So I’ll go and write another work of fiction
Hoping no one ever guesses my affliction
It’s no good when your brain rules your body
Makes you want to be anybody
It’s no good when your brain rules your body
Makes you want to be anybody
But yourself

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from This was Inevitable, released October 18, 2019

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