Strip Mall Wasteland

from Too Old to Be a Rock Star by Joe Benoit

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I got your number
Put it in a safe place
Hope I don’t lose it
That’d be a sad day
Until I see you
You put a smile on my face

I bought you flowers
I hope you got them
It doesn’t matter
I’m at the bottom
Why would you want me
When you could have anyone?


And I fear you’re falling
For some guy who’s calling
And it cuts me down to size
And I’m sick of tasting
All the years I’ve wasted
Chasing someone else’s prize

I feel the pressure
Slowly increasing
The gasket’s blowing
No one’s releasing
When will I find her?

The thought consumes my day

I fake myself out
I rave and I rant
I step on land mines
The ones that I plant
When will I learn
To just get out of my way?


I was a kid who
Had it together
Said it was easy
But I knew better
It was lonely
At the top of the hill

Well it wasn’t easy
But I made it out alive
That strip mall wasteland
Taught me to survive
And if I was there now
Would I make it out alive?
Would that strip mall wasteland
Still teach me to survive?


from Too Old to Be a Rock Star, released October 1, 2019


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