If it hurts

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"ah, the simulated to camera tortuous agonies of the big voice reality/talent show vocalist – “suffering for their art / as if they’re reeling / from being shot“. “If it hurts, why do it?” Paul plainfully asks, bidding them “Don’t murder yourself or the song“. Featuring outstanding use of the verb “eschew”. One I really look forward to seeing live."

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'IF IT HURTS'
           The Antipoet

They're screwing up their faces;
they're balling their hands into fists,
their eyes are beginning to water,
their heart's screaming: 'cease'n desist!'
Their blood pressure's bubblin'n rising
as they ready themselves for the rôle;
that vein in their neck is pulsing,
as they give us the voice of their soul...

But singing's not meant to be stressful,
or such an emotional drain,
it's supposed to make you happy,
not cause you conspicuous pain.
But I see them on me telly,
giving it all that they've got,
suffering for their art
as if they're reeling from having been shot...

Well, if it hurts: why do it?
'Sno good willing yourself to be strong;
if it hurts, don't do it;
you're obviously doing it wrong!
If it hurts, don't do it;
don't just think,
'well, it won't be for long',
if it hurts, don't put yourself through it,
don't murder yourself or the song!

Perhaps it's supposed to look arty;
maybe it's done for the sympathy vote?
They're trying to make it look tortured
as they strain for that transient note.
They'll bleat about passion and feeling;
they'll whine about pathos and truth.
They're lost in the schmaltz of the moment, 
they say;
that strain on their face is the proof.

But if it hurts: why do it?
'Sno good willing yourself to be strong;
if it hurts, don't do it;
you're obviously doing it wrong!
If it hurts, eshcew it;
don't just think,
'well, it won't be for long',
if it hurts, don't put yourself through it;
don't murder yourself or the song!

If it hurts, don't do it;
you're obviously doing it wrong!

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from Punk Uncle, released July 22, 2019
Words and Music by The Antipoet. Other instrumentation by Mark Gordon

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"The Antipoet are at the forefront of the new movement; their material dripping with parody, takes poetry to a new level, with performances as memorable as they are hilarious"
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