Veneer (prod. Mouse on Mars)

from by Connie Chung

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i wish i felt actualized in the morning
i'm corny
and deathly afraid that i'm boring
restoring factory settings
my friends are all having weddings
and i watch from afar in 600 thread bedding

let's talk together cuz i'm curious
in other news i'm furious about these thinkpieces on millennials
when i think back i remember bicentennial man
and not much else to be honest

so i don't mind being alive
but i'm over just surviving
it's not so much passé as undermining
no i don't mind being alive
but i'm over just surviving
it's not so much passé as undefining

i guess i'm a closeted pretentious (that's a noun now)
and i'm really rather tired of trying to kowtow to this industry
(he said in a white boy voice)
the potentiality of sexuality as choice
is a little overwhelming if we're being real
how does it feel to be opened up from the inside?
i've got nothing to hide anymore
so why the fuck do i care what strangers think?

liberation is a funny little word, don't you think?
think i need a conscience, no what i need's a drink
you got me chuffed to bits absolutely tickled pink
say it in a cockney accent: "is that what you fink"
"hallelujah," he says, "it's the final form"
reproduction as demeaning, authenticity as porn
when i meet you at half past three in the morning
it's in the single digits and we're trying to stay warm

"these pretzels are making me thirsty"
you know i'm kirstie alley
fuck
now i'm sounding like i'm at my parents' age
proselytizing and serving wisdom with sage
who knows? it might be a look i wear well
how goes it, old chap, oh please pray tell..
nah, feels unconvincing.
i've never been able to sell a performance i didn't believe in

and now your favorite anime's on instant watch
but it's dubbed and as usual that totally botches the meaning of the script
amps it up too many notches
and renders it the stuff of vod in motor lodges
how about those dodgers?
never heard anybody say that because i never really grew up around a culture of sports
of which there are two kinds: there's good old-fashioned team spirit
and then there's cricket with white boys in salmon shorts

so i don't mind being alive
but i'm over just surviving
it's not so much passé as undermining
no i don't mind being alive
but i'm over just surviving
it's not so much passé as undefining

(all these cities are starting to blur together)

let's go ahead and talk about it, talk it out, feel it out
so we get in touch with ourselves
and the foundations of consciousness, okay?
oh my god i haven't seen you in a while oh hey
let's talk about speech pathology and uptalking
all the things you say that sound less smart than stephen hawking
but man, fuck your respectability, god
your face is smug as hell
your tone openly mocking

but the joke is on you

(all these cities are starting to blur together)

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from Connie Chung, released March 31, 2014

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