Shut Up and Listen

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I don’t give a fuck, but I still fucking care
A dickhead with a heart - my brain is you know where
I'm freelance bullshit artist, crafting my fiction
Sometimes I just shut the fuck up, and try listening

I’m an amateur loser with no pedigree.
A professional fuck-up with no proper degree.
When I stick my dick in the wind and just start pissing,
I realize I might need to shut the fuck up, and start listening.

Free speech is not a privilege - it is technically a right.
Don’t disregard your adversary; offer a high five.
Its demeaning to assume anyone needs your permission.
It takes practice to shut the fuck up, and just listen.

To the whites of their eyes, there’s two ways to reply
Brandish your best rhetoric - or bite tongue and eat pride
Pick your battles when confronting the inquisition.
Resign for a time to shutting the fuck up and just listening

Justice is blind but she can be long-winded.
Half your talk is wicked, it’s not your duty to be pigheaded.
You out to conquer all? Are you open to another position?
Either way, you probably need to shut the fuck up and try listening

God’s lawyers can be prone to sanctimonious verbiage
The devil’s advocate is a distinct, yet serious privilege
There’s more than one way to extract an act of contrition
Not always, but yeah, I shut the fuck up, and try listening

None of this is ironclad - just a rule of thumb
There’s a fine line between prudence and something really dumb.
Make room for subtlety in your flawless glorious vision
I’ll humor you and shut the fuck up, and try listening

I blow it out my ass and turn the other cheek.
My breathe smells like coconut; I got a pube stuck in my teeth.
What in our shallow, pathetic existence could be missing?
Maybe I need to shut the fuck up, and try listening

This kind of advice fits on the back of a car.
Balanced, rational argument only gets one so far.
So, I add crass irreverence - with a nod to tradition
That includes shutting the fuck up, and just listening

You can scare or shoot the rooster, but the sun’s still gonna rise.
Could the dim explicit thicket shit - open your eyes?
Or chintzy slabs of facts dash - your favorite opinions.
It takes guts to shut the fuck up, and just listen.

Make an honest case - put a conclusion at the end
Reason might fight bias, but we all chew on what we’re fed.
Orthodoxy is shared among tribal affiliation.
You’ll have to figure out when to shut the fuck up, and just listen.

I made peace with my demons, now what the fuck do I do?
Find a meeting of minds with someone in the room.
With so much still to say, let this be my modest submission:
Sometimes we all need to shut the fuck up, and just listen.

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from A Little Bit Ludicrous, released April 8, 2017

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