Overture to Not Knowing Shit

from Bon Courage (2013) by Ben Shaman



Remember when you got high for the first time?
With your friend from the bad neighborhood?
Laughed so hard at your school uniform
Said man this shit is good!

Remember when you got laid for the first time?
Thought that you were a man?
Felt so good even if it didn’t last long
Said now I understand!

Remember when everyone hated the president?
Then it was “yes we can”
Tried to give a shit by watching the news
Said here’s my opinion!

Remember when you skipped church for the first time?
Forgot where you come from!
Felt so good to know you were right
Said god is opium!

Remember deciding what to do with your life?
Seemed so important back then
Gotta make livin it don’t matter how
Said I just want to be happy man!

Remember when you were smarter than everyone
Had an answer for everything
Closed the book and took a look around
Said everybody’s just like me!


from Bon Courage (2013), released July 9, 2013




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