02 Man Alive

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Vocals recorded live at East Brunswick Hotel, May 2010. Courtesy of Obsessive Music.

lyrics

MAN ALIVE

hit
I’ve been hit
I been hit with more tall sticks
than you could poke a stick at
I been stuck with the ugly stick
but here I stand, still itching
to be stickin’ it to the man

man alive
for all intents and purposes
and in all probability
representing the best
of the worst case scenarios
or at least the
next-less-best-guess

‘cause I got two feet
walking the talk
two feet
for whom the bell toe jams
toeing a line of two night
ceiling-staring sightseeing stops
you can stick me in a sachet
but get me out of the bubble-wrap
because I’ve got y’proof of concept
a challenge to the precept
I got marching orders
with stories to tell
so fill me up with coffee
and fly me to the moon

I’ll fill you in on a backpacker’s backlog
got sent to the back of the line
drawn in the growing desert sands
with this pair of chopsticks
that used to be the Borneo rainforest
and when the Tarkine’s been used
to make toothpicks
don’t get picky with me
because I know what side
of that line I’ll be standing on

I want to fight the good fight
with bad timing, and
I wanna be the iron man of irony
... man
‘cause when I hear other poets
declare laudably
they don’t want to pause
to be applauded, me?
Well I got some plans
to make you clap your hands
holler and shout
don’t leave me in doubt
up here being out there
to face inner fears
steer you in a direction
of some inner circumspection
but then~ let it out!

because this will die
inside in time
if you don’t express it
so be incessant
have the determination
not to just live your life
in quiet desperation
in a homeostasis place
just taking up space

but take this with a grain of salt
take it away, take your time
but don’t take it for granted
on this planet, Earth
take each moment here
for all that its worth
because take it from me
it’s just one life you get man

and you have to give it
everything you can.

credits

from Product, released September 1, 2013
Music by Andrew Hone, additional music by Kim Lajoie

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Randall Stephens Melbourne, Australia

Randall Stephens writes poetry about other poetry, cycling, sexuality, masculinity, dinosaurs and your boyfriend. People have called Randall controversial. Randall has called people losers.

Randall has toured extensively in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo.

Also competed in London and New York, but didn’t do very well so don’t tell him I mentioned that.
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