So Used To Having None Am I

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It’s wa-a-a-a-ay too easy to get used to losing, to giving up, to living without. Late-stage Devastationalists often try desperately to convince others and themselves that they’re actually happier doing without, and may even try to make a case that it is a better, cleaner way to live.

This song, of course, is not lacking in irony, but it’s a shell-shocked kind of irony. Making fun of your own life in a song — that can’t be a good sign. At the very least it’s schizophrenic. Is the singer secure in his all-too-cleverly conceived rationalizations for Devastationalism? Numbly resigned and fatalistic? Or angry and terrified of the person he’s singing about? Knee-jerk defiance, yes — but about what and towards whom?

This is live. Marni, Bianca, Gerstel.

So Used To Having None Am I

You’ve been on about
Learning how to live without
You say, A clearer path through austerity

But while you run your mouth
All your birds headed south
And it’s a long, long way from sea to shining sea

And lately I’ve been losing track
Of the life I used to know
I don’t expect to get it back
But I do enjoy the show

So take the thoughts from my head
And the love from my heart
You can spill the milk and I won’t cry
So used to having none am I

I believe life is all about
Learning how to do without
I don’t care, it doesn’t bother me

I never run my mouth
While my birds are headed south
‘Cause it’s a long, long way from sea to shining sea

Eventually they’ll clean me out
The devastation I can’t feign
I’ll eat my meals without dessert
And celebrate without champagne

So just un-pop the cork
Take the cake right off the fork
You can spill the milk and I won’t cry
So used to having none am I

And lately I’ve been losing track
Of the life I used to know
I don’t expect to get it back
But I’m dazzled by the show

So take the thoughts from my head
And the love from my heart
You can spill the milk and I won’t cry
So used to having none am I

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