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Simply Spalding Gray

This song is by Steve Forbert and appears on the album Strange Names & New Sensations (2007).

You've gone it seems to great extremes
To tell the tales you tell,
You've lived 'em all,
Both great and small
And so you tell them well;
Extremes it seems
Are just the thing
That cause your tales to grow
But everything is extreme, it seems
To you so there you go.

Swimming to Cambodia,
Monster in a box,
This dude just flippin' sits there
And they film him while he talks;
There ain't no sex or violence
Might not float your boat,
A water glass, a table
And a page or two of notes.

Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still;
Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still.

Your mother died a suicide,
So odds were up, they say,
That you would see things comparably
And end it all someday;
A monologing diarist
Makes his life his art,
Offstage walks a tight wire
And might fall apart;
Motor crash in Ireland
Bad blow to the head
Modified his madness
And darkened things he said.

Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still;
Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still.

We'll be standing here
While the future breaks against us
Like the waves against a buoy in the bay;
We'll be standing here or is time a magic carpet
That we're riding on to move from day to day?
Riding on to move from day to day?

You've gone it seems to great extremes
To tell the tales you tell,
But everything's extreme, it seems,
To you, so what the hell?

Swimming to Cambodia,
Monster in a box,
This dude just flippin' sits there
And they film him while he talks;
People pay to watch it
As if it were a play;
It ain't exactly acting,
It's simply Spalding Gray.

Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still;
Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still;
Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still;
Bye-bye, just a wave if you will,
Bye-bye, we'll be standing here still.

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