Congratulations Forever

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1.
I've got to learn how to stand up and fight the good fight. I've got to learn how to balance respect and what's right. Sometimes I wonder if I, in 1920 would have stood up to a Klansman. I hope so, though I clammed up when my next-door neighbor compared gays and pedophiles. I've got to learn what it means just to hold up my head. I'm starting to think that if I'm not myself then I'm dead. I don't know if that means I should passionately advocate, I don't know, single payer with old guys from church with "These Colors Don't Run" magnetic ribbons. You got to learn that you've wised up a lot so far. Someday you'll see that there's no way not to learn things hard. You did wrong, you still do wrong, and in the future you will still do wrong. But with luck and decades your misdeeds will almost be benign.
2.
03:06
You want to trust your gut, but it's playing you for a fool. You want to trust your heart, but that won't pay for school. And now you're laughing it off, I never thought you'd be laughing it off I never thought you'd be laughing it off, I never thought you'd. You don't know what you are what evidence you have That you have lived a life it's making you feel sad. And now you're laughing it off, I never thought you'd be laughing it off I never thought you'd be laughing it off, I never thought you'd. You want to trust your gut, but it's playing you for a fool. You want to trust your heart, but that won't pay for school. And then you sit at your Mac and write this out much better than I could with moxie, beauty. The trick is just to get something done and telling all the people like me to sod off.
3.
I'm pretty lucky, I dodged every bullet, but most of the time I'm the one who fired it. I'm pretty decent at walking the walk, but liking to talk is a different story. But I enjoy many times, like your average indescribably exciting things that divide epochs. I'm pretty lucky, I dodged every bullet, but most of the time I'm the one who fired it. I'm pretty decent at walking the walk, but liking to talk is a different story. But in the end, does it matter if I'm kind of a mess. If you're comfortable with it I am too.
4.
03:23
Jake Hite - drums, Jonah Shue - violin, Kris Doty - vocal, Mardine Olsen - flute, Robert Armstrong - saw
5.
03:25
Each neuron in my mind is like a separate township, it's own gub'mint. And each instant in my life is like a new addition to an archive, that's not so slowly smoldering. And each atom of my heart threatens to explode me, soul and body. And each molecule of my loves replaces me completely, turns me happy, and not the same person. Each sentence I ponder internally divides me and isolates me. Each opinion that I state only makes this more so, and what I stand for is unknowably subtle. And this is right for me now.
6.
02:45
All that really stands between us and unadulterated bliss is this: buried deep in the recesses of the market there's a magical list. And this list names all of the blessed people and describes how they live. There's an optional column for yearly income and it's always filled in. And I'm not saying we need to know what it is. All I know is we need to be at the top or near enough. It will come in Excel or on granite tablets and in nothing in-between. Will we worry our whole life or live in laughter? That remains to be seen. And I'm not saying we need to know what it is. All I know is we need to beat the rest of them out, or near enough.
7.
You shouldn't have to put up with this. You shouldn't always have to lose. I'd say he didn't really love you, but unfortunately I know that isn't true. This marriage has turned itself in for crimes against to both of you. The crime's a lot like racketeering: it encompasses a lot and it's very hard to prove. You willfully ignored the signs that disaster loomed. Are all these problems a result dozens of microscopic slights by someone who should be on your side, but instead is weakening you, every single night? Or are they caused by something else dear (they're probably cause by lots of things), like you not knowing what you want (that would be tough for anyone)? And him reacting like a cruel child. It appears to me you both need to hurt to be taught. You will have to suffer for quite a while before things get better. In years you will see improvement. He needs you more than you need him And you'd be much worse off starting over Though your fantasy ideal will end up in the bin. You'll have to live with something profoundly imperfect, but you'll be fine.
8.
9.
We needn't worry, the world has already exploded. We needn't worry, cause everyone's already gone. We're with our loved ones, but who'd have known the true religion's A band of thirty, long-dead universalist Javans who worship Panthers, And now we're floating around for eternity. We each get our home revolving around what's left. The Javans are only upset with us once in a while, and mainly when we forget how much we've been blessed. You needn't worry, the world has already exploded. You shouldn't worry, you get to see the ones you love. We're very lucky, the panther isn't very jealous. This isn't heaven, but it's so much more than we deserve. Even now, there's so much that confuses me. How could it be fair that no one was told was right? It turns out, the Javans were only correct by chance. The panther wanted it to be a big surprise.
10.
04:10
When I am home I can talk, I can actually speak. When I am home I can speak, I can speak like I'm me. When I am home I am loved. When I am home I am loved, not so out there. When I am home I can sleep, I can drowsily traipse. When I am home I can sleep, dim-lit, silent, and deep. When I am home I am loved. When I am home I am loved, not so out there. Peace and plenty here abide, smiling sweetly on every side. Poor time, what we do with you's an unspeakable crime. When I am home I am loved, even sweeter I love. When I am home I can hug. I'm connected by blood. When I am home I am loved. When I am home I can love, not so out there. Not so out there. Not so out here.
11.
I need to stand in two places There's no other way I can be. This is the brain I was born with. And this is my upbringing. There's something that's almost endearing about such a goofy soul. Notice I used the word "almost". I almost feel right everywhere I go. Things might change gradually. I've known myself long enough to adjust to myself. But sometimes I wish I was otherwise. I'm lucky I found someone like you. And our kids don't know any different. I guess there's a chance they'll be like me. But that's really, really not my intent. Things might change gradually. I've known myself long enough to adjust to myself. Just enough to know that I'm doing just fine.
12.
when not being stupid is not enough when not being wrong is not enough waited such a long time have I waited too long? in a world that's so bad it's not hard to feel good you do what you have to not as much as you could just because you're not wrong doesn't mean that you're right when not being stupid is not enough when not being evil is not enough you look all around you never look up at the stars
13.
When you die fair listener you're going to heav'n. When you die all y'all you're going straight to heav'n. I guarantee it. I guarantee it. And this is what we'll hear: Congratulations Forever Congratulations Forever Congratulations Forever Congratulations Forever When I die, I'm gonna be there too. When I die, I'm going to see you. And we'll be laughing. And we'll be laughing. And this is what we'll say: Congratulations Forever Congratulations Forever Congratulations Forever Congratulations Forever In heaven everything is fine, I've got your good thing and you've got mine. In heaven everything is fine, I've got your good thing and you've got mine.

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released April 22, 2008

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