15 I Statements

from by Randall Stephens

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Vocals recorded by Kim Lajoie. Mixing by Alex Scott.

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I STATEMENTS

I
am tired of reading your bad grammar
‘cause I’ve read too many times in text
persons referring to themselves
with a lower case "i"

oneself
should not put themselves
in the lower case
there are millions of mediocre men
to do that for you.

when you write I
use the capital I
your life, a capital enterprise
you should be a capital I
and be an eye-full

don't sell yourself short
with bad grammar,
ladies and gentlemen
in this life, if nothing else
you deserve…

Punctuation.

You have to be that I
that needs a capital!

you’re the big letter
you need a shift key
you need a CAPS LOCK
You might even need to be printed in bold!

you need
to take that much effort
over yourself

‘I’ being a word for ‘You’
belongs in the uppercase
So don’t talk yourself
down

and when you speak
I want to hear you talk that way too
speak of yourself,
as if you are talking
in capitals, because


I DO!

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from Product, released September 1, 2013
Mixing by Alex Scott.

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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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