Don't Gotta Listen

from by Brigid Kaelin

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Everywhere I look I see an empty plot of land
Every time I turn around you’re telling me that it’s quicksand
I need something I can dig my nails in deep down in the dirt
And you’re standing over there wondering when I will get hurt.

Well, I’d like to take the time to tell you that I’ll be just fine
That despite what you may think I really haven’t lost my mind
I’d like to let you criticize me let you rant until you’re through
But there’s more I’ve got to do than sit and argue with you.

I’ve gotta fill up all my notebooks with nonsense that rhymes
I’ve gotta watch my garden grow parsley sage rosemary and thyme
And have silent conversations with old Parisian mimes
But I don’t gotta listen to you.
No I don't gotta listen, i don't gotta listen, i don't gotta listen to you.

You tell me that you think I’m smart and talented at that
And ask me why I waste my time on all this sentimental crap
You shower me with pity and advie that I won’t heed
You’re spending too much precious time on all that I don’t need

I’ve got to sit around for hours counting all my freckles
Gotta memorize the entire works of karl marx and hegel
Contemplate what lies within the eyes of tj eckleberg
But I don’t gotta listen to you
No I don't gotta listen, i don't gotta listen, i don't gotta listen to you.

I’ve got to travel on blue highways writing nonsense singing songs
Getting everyone I meet along the way to sing along
Visit all the places where you say I don’t belong
But I don’t gotta listen to you.
No I don't gotta listen, i don't gotta listen, i don't gotta listen to you.

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from Those Who Drift Away, released July 28, 2017

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Brigid Kaelin Louisville

A "plucky redhead," a "genre-defying vaudeville rocker," and an "amazing multi-instrumentalist," Brigid Kaelin is a full-on entertainer. You've read her blog, heard her on the BBC and on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion," seen her play accordion with Elvis Costello, and laughed and cried at her original alt-country cabaret songs. Maybe it's time to buy her albums? ... more

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