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the things you like

by Sam Talmadge

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Single from upcoming album, "I lived in a basement"


wake up in the afternoon
the day might get away from you
if you're not quick.

another day of doing nothing
probably would be enough
to make you sick.

but why should I get up
and have more time to kill?
another hour's just another
hole to fill.

But you get up anyway
you make yourself some breakfast
and you go outside.
you try to do the things you like.

Take the train from Forest Hills
to Massachusetts Avenue
and feel okay.

you plan to meet a friend there
and you know that's the kind of thing
that keeps you sane.

but why do I need people
to feel like myself?
I'm not like some book that you
pull off the shelf.

"entering mass ave," says the
voice that you have surely heard a thousand times.
get off the train and do the things you like.

meet your friend for dinner
and the second thing you tell her's
that you feel depressed.

you didn't want to say it ‘cause
you're trying to make your friends
your therapists.

"so never mind enough about me
how are you?
I know talking about myself
is all I do."

She shakes her head and says it's fine
and gazes at the menu
while you wait in line
and she asks you is there something there you like?

Make your way back home
and you know that means you'll
have some time to be alone.

you could read a book or self reflect
or wash the dishes but you're
on your phone

searching through the Internet
for true love
A thousand flashing faces and the
swipe of a thumb.

Fall asleep and dream about
the sex you really want to have
in real life
or dream about the other things you like.

try to do the things you like.


released March 15, 2018
written and performed by Sam Talmadge
engineered by Curtis Killian at Flamingo Bush Studios
mastered by Peter Atkinson
photography and art by Mac Talmadge

Special thanks to samia companies and the apartment complex at fordham court, 216 south st, jamaica plain, MA


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