06 - On And On

from by Kevin Mason

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lyrics

if we all just create a little more and consume a little less
maybe that'd be best maybe we could finally settle into
something that'll last as the generations pass
looking everywhere for something we already possess
maybe staring out your window and huffing and puffing
at your neighbor is actually quite unproductive
I say this as someone who has shared a thin wall
with a stranger for a year and not known what to call them
I don't think we're trying to be so isolated
but the way the world is set up it's half automated
we don't even have to go to the store anymore
we can order all our junk while we're taking our dumps
another way to see it is there's something sweet and pure
that we seem to systematically ignore
so we're chronically bored and we want to see more
but we kind of just want to sit inside on the floor
and read some shit on the internet
written by some kids that we never met
about some people that we'll never ever ever meet
our good friends the celebrities or articles like
"seven ways to make a good impression on your resume"
"twelve ways to get rich fast"
"fifty videos of kittens wearing hats that'll make you laugh"
"twenty-one ways to find love after twenty-one"
and on and on....

welcome to a world where the rules are made up
and schools are paid less than entertainers
and who's to blame when I sit here day after day
complaining complacently
about the way the world is, the way it should be
it could be a place where good is mainstream
we'd all feel safe we could all have a place to stay
and a place to play
but I sit and mock the very screen I'm using
and keep going through my stupid newsfeed
I'm losing touch feeling ever more useless
and who's the sucker in his room with the blinds drawn?
me! gotta be free, gotta open all my eyes and see
gotta put away my bong my pipe my weed
gotta open up my ears and hear the songs the trees sing
cause I don't got that long a life to lead
but when my body's gone I believe
that the essence of me from before I was born
will be present and free and be in everything forever
and go on and on...

there's a lot a lot of kids who don't fit into the system
but within them is a whole lot of vision
just got to give them a voice give them a choice
stand them up and make some noise
there's a million ways to fill your days
be creative take a chance you might fall on your face
but when it's all over hey you got to know that you lived your way
you didn't follow what the cynical say cause it's toxic
I got a lot of optimism rocking in the bottom of my pocket
and it took a long time to acknowledge that I find
a whole awful lot of power in it
hour after hour but when all's said and done
I've still got to weather my storms
we've all got to weather our storms
but it's better if we weather them together
so let's make a little effort to be friendlier
and end the separation be a little more sensitive
try to be a little more pleasant
a little less pressed for time and a little more present
in the best of times and the worst of times
and the world will find a way to keep spinning spinning
on and on...

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from Drinking Water, released June 7, 2017

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Kevin Mason Appleton, Wisconsin

I've lived in Illinois, Oregon, and currently Wisconsin. I have been writing songs most of my adult life and playing them publicly since 2015.

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