Inflict Ourselves Upon Them

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squint at the blue sky, open a beer
my life is telling me what I want to hear
so this is the reward for going against the grain
standing our ground, refusing to change
you used to tell me every night “it’ll work out alright”
though I don’t remember what you meant
but I know how you felt about the hours we inflicted ourselves
upon them, and that’s alright

sometimes I run, take refuge in the past
it helps me to realise that we were built to last
now I look around, I don’t feel so alone
what good would time be if it didn’t help us learn?
I looked around me yesterday, amazed I didn’t feel ashamed
I had to laugh at what we have become
and as you passed me a drink I found it funny to stand back and
see the way we inflict ourselves upon them

so I talked to my friends ‘til we all passed out
you won’t believe me but that’s what life’s about
the world is all here, no direction to hold
refuse to believe that we need to be sold
time has not yet worn us thin, there’s no difference sink or swim
we create the meaning on our own
it’s like we’ve gatecrashed a party and it’s up to us to start it
show ‘em we’re here, inflict ourselves upon them


from Stories From Sleepless Nights, released March 1, 2001



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3 1/2 Inch Floppy Birmingham, UK

I met all of the band over a couple of weeks in October 1999. We met at different times, due to different band T-shirts. Sebby, Dave and I practised in my kitchen and it’s a miracle that they didn’t walk out then. But they stayed on, and Pete, Rachel and Jo were thrown in and the rest, as they say, is… unfortunate.
- Will DeNiro
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