BALLAD OF ETHOS

BALLAD OF ETHOS


i'm not in the band
they cut out my hand
but it's not important
i keep forgetting to forget
this south land regrets
to be different
too tired of verse
for it to get worse
it was better at first
who am i fooling?
and what am i doing?
it's a ballad

they're practicing now
only learning how
but it's not important
they're wonderful folk
but i can't share their joke
it's a sad one
there's tennessee green
nowhere to be seen
will they find it at last?
do you think of me?
do you write of me?
it's a ballad

you'll hear from these boys
they really try with their toys
but it's not important
they're still the best, they suppose
but then, no one knows
"what's a giant?"
they just wanna eat
without working the street
are they hungry?
do they wanna eat meat
or just settle with sweets
or a ballad?

how is the leg
and the black walking peg
is it important?
do you think it can be
the same without me?
why am i asking?
where is the substitution?
who isn't repitution?
oh, what do you want?
you're destroying
and i'm annoying you
with a ballad

who's your new brother?
it's only another
but it's not important
he loves you a lot
much more love than i got
i'm a dead one
and since you're the same
and i too am to blame
it's all shredded
i must be a bore, not a lord
i can't sing to a ballad

who are the girls
and why in the world
is it important?
for them to rely
on artistic fly?
leave them for england
write me a card
if it doesn't seem hard
be a superstar
a lost asteroid
impatience avoided
it's a ballad

encourage the group
to finish their soup
cause it's not important
there ain't no dessert.


1974 r.stevie moore

as appears on
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