“…There’s No Way To Conceive The Right Plans In My Head… …I Just Can’t Hold Them Down…” ((“6AM” by FITZ And THE TANTRUMS))

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“…All My Hopes

They Stay Curled InBetween These Four Walls

And I Cant Shake Them Out…”

“…Its 6 In The Morning

Im Still Awake

My Sleepless Heart Is TornUp, Babe

Our Love Songs On The Radio

But These Words I Hear

Theyre Not For Me

No

6 In The Morning

Im Still Awake

My Sleepless Heart Is TornUp, Babe

Our Love Songs On The Radio

But These Words I Hear

Theyre Not For Me

No…”

“…Im Tryin To Keep Up

TryinTo Move On

Beyond This Pain

Before I Break. …”

More_Than_Just_A_Dream (via Wikipedia)

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Well, Kiddies, this song…

6AM

by FITZ And THE TANTRUMS

…has very quickly become my new favorite jam of the past year.

I’ve been a huge fan of FITZ And THE TANTRUMS for the past couple of years…

…and coming-up very soon I’ll be seeing them LIVE in concert!!!

They’ll be playing THE PAGEANT in good ole St. Louis, MO.

I’ve already got my tickets ordered, and am just waiting for them to arrive in the mail.

I’m very Very VERY EXCITED, to say the very Very VERY LEAST!

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This album…

MORE THAN JUST A DREAM

…is just as good, if not better, than their previous work.

And this song…

6AM

…is by far Far FAR MY Favorite!!!

I do hope y’all enjoy hearing it.

If you do, let me know.

If you don’t, let me know.

If you’re indifferent?

Hmm.

Eh, sure, let me know.

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I know I don’t put-out a ton of original work anymore, but I’ve been so highly addicted to this jam I just had Had HAD to share it with you, My Peeps!

Y’all take care.

Be Good…

…OR…

…Be Good At It.

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“I’m Not Going Down On My Knees, Begging You To Adore Me…”

“…Can’t You See It’s Misery, And Torture For Me?

When I’m Misunderstood…

…Try As Hard As You Can…

…I’ve Tried As Hard As I Could…

…To Make You See…

…How Important It Is For Me.”

Shake The Disease (via Amazon.com)“Here Is A Plea…

…From My Heart To You…

…Nobody Knows Me…

…As Well As You Do…

…You Know How Hard It Is For Me…

…To SHAKE THE DISEASE

…That Takes Hold Of My Tongue In Situations Like These.

Understand Me…

…Understand Me.

Understand Me…

…Understand Me. …”

… … … … … … …

… … … … …

… … …

I’ve had this song…

SHAKE THE DISEASE

by DEPECHE MODE

…on my mind for a few days, now.

It’s a song I’ve known, seemingly, forever.

And, yet, it has been locked inside my brain-case, rolling around over and over again.

It’s a song that says a helluva lot, especially to me.

Especially right now.

You see, I’m still dealing with the most common issue I’ve discussed with y’all many times over…

…LOVE.

Or, well, a lack-there-of.

I still find myself fighting a personal battle with myself over the whole idea of Love, Loving, Being In-Love, and Being In-Love with someone I probably shouldn’t be In-Love with at all.

It’s just life, I know that.

It’s just a normal thing, right?

Riiiiiiight???

Hmm.

I just feel this song says exactly what I NEED it to say.

Exactly what I WANT to say, but can’t.

I remain a man lost in the throws of love and passion.

Time continues to pass me by, and yet my feelings remain the same.

I’m still In-Love.

I just don’t know how much longer I can continue to fight what seems to be a losing battle.

No one loses all the time.

There are always some elated moments of bliss.

Those moments when you’re very Very VERY sure everything is working-out and going your way.

They’re very few and far between, but they’re there.

They do exist.

I know they do, as I experience them.

And I relish in them.

But, it’s simply getting harder and harder to truly feel as though everything really is going to work-out.

I want it to.

I want nothing more than that.

I just don’t know if it’s really going to happen.

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I went to bed last night with this song blaring in my mind.

I awoke this morning, and my first thought, again, was this song.

I knew the only way to get it out of my head was to write something about it.

To get it out of me and onto this screen.

And, so, here I am.

Writing about this to all of you.

Not knowing what I really want/need to be saying.

Just knowing that I MUST MUST MUST say something.

Period.

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“Wise Men Say… …Only Fools Rush In…” ((“CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE” by ELVIS PRESLEY (1961)))

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“…But, I Can’t Help…

…Falling In Love With You…”

“…Shall I Stay?…

…Would It Be A Sin?…

…If I Can’t Help…

…Falling In Love With You?…”

“…Like A River Flows…

…Surely To The Sea…

…Darling, So It Goes…

…Some Things Are Meant To Be…”

“…Take My Hand…

…Take My Whole Life, Too…

…For I Can’t Help…

…Falling In Love With You. …”

ElvisPresleyAlohafromHawaii (via Wikipedia)… … … … … … …

So, Yeah, I’ve Been On A Bit Of An ELVIS Kick, Recently.

I Mean, Can You Really Blame Me?

The Man Was A Master Of His Craft, Fo SHO.

His Music Never Fails To Make Me Smile…

…And, Sometimes, That’s Really All I’m Looking For In Some Quality Tunage.

This Particular Song…

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE

…Is A Prime-Cut-Example Of Said Quality Tunage.

This Was Actually One Of The Very First ELVIS Songs I’d Ever Heard, And It Has Continued To Be A Personal Favorite Since Early Childhood.

To My Friends, I Was Always A Bit Weird In This Regard.

While They Were Busy Listening To The Jams Of The Day…

…The Current Top 40, And So On…

…I Was Busy Listening To The Songs Of My Parent’s Youth.

While Most Rebelled And Shied Away From Their Parents Music…

…I Embraced It.

This Song Has Been Stuck In My Head For A Little While Now…

…And Y’all Know How I Operate.

When Something Is Locked Into My Brain, I Have But One True Outlet:

I Blog About It.

I Honestly Don’t Have A Ton To Say About This Little Number…

…Aside From How Brilliantly Beautiful It Truly Is.

It’s A Song That Sincerely Will Stick With You, As It Has With Me My Entire Life.

It Is, By Far, One Of The Most Wonderfully Simple Songs Ever To Spring Forth From The World That Is ELVIS PRESLEY…

…And It Is A Song I’m Very Happy To Share With Y’all, This Morning.

I Hope You Do Enjoy It, My Peeps.

Perhaps You Won’t Love It As Much As I Do…

…But, It’s Very Hard To Scoff At.

A True-Blue-Classic If Ever There Was One.

Take Care, And Be Good, My Peeps.

Much Love To You All.

I’m Sure We’ll Have Much More To Discuss As The Year Rolls On…

…But, I Just Had To Share This One With You.

ENJOY, My Peeps, ENJOY!!!

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Ending The Summer Of Life-Support With An Amazing Song: DEPECHE MODE’s Cover Of “SO CRUEL” !!!

We Crossed The Line

Who Pushed Who Over?

It Doesnt Matter To You

It Matters To Me.

Were Cut Adrift

Were Still Floating.

Im Only HanginOn

To Watch You Go Down

My Love.

I Disappeared In You

You Disappeared From Me.

I Gave You Everything You Ever Wanted

It Wasnt What You Wanted.

The Men Who Love You

You Hate The Most.

They Pass Right Through You

Like A Ghost.

They Look For You

But Your Spirits In The Air.

Baby, Youre Nowhere.

Oh Ooo Oh

Love, You Say In Love Their Are No Rules.

Oh Ooo Oh

Sweetheart, Youre SO CRUEL. …”

DEPECHE MODE

Alright, Myย  Peeps, I Totally Admit I’ve Never Been The Biggest Fan Of Cover-Songs.

Occasionally, However, One Will Pop-Up.

Those Rare Few Are Generally Versions I End-Up Enjoying Much More Than The Original.

It, Honestly, Doesn’t Happen Often At All.

But, In Regard To This Particular Song…

SO CRUEL

…I Prefer This Version 10-Fold Over The Original.

Perhaps My Love Of All Things DEPECHE MODE Has Clouded My Judgment?

Nah.

I Don’t Think So.

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As I’ve Said…

…This Has Been The Summer Of “Life-Support” For “You Jivin’ Me, Turkey?”…

…And That Is Now Coming To An End.

It Has Been A Wonderful/Horrid Summer…

…Loaded With Tons Of UPS And DOWNS.

I Haven’t Been Working Very Much On The Blog, Aside Of Putting Pen-To-Paper And Writing-Out Some Ideas For Things To Work On.

And Now, As Of This Morning, I Feel Like I’m Ready To Start Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things.

I Hope The Summer Months Have Treated Y’all Very Well, My Peeps.

And, I Sincerely Hope You’re Ready For Me To Get Back To Work.

I May Be A Tad Rusty…

…But I’m Sure I’ll Be Able To Manage Just Fine.

No Worries, Kiddies.

No Worries.

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“ROAD TO NOWHERE” by TALKING HEADS (1985): A Song That Makes Me Smile!

Well We Know Where We’re Goin’…

…But We Don’t Know…

…Where We’ve Been…

…And We Know What We’re Knowin’…

…But We Can’t Say…

…What We’ve Seen…

…And We’re Notย Little Children…

…And We Know…

…What We Want…

…And The Future Is Certain…

…Give Us Time To…

…Work It Out. ..

ROAD TO NOWHEREIs Totally Wonderful Song From The 1985 TALKING HEADS AlbumLITTLE CREATURES!!!

…We’re On A Road To Nowhere…

…Come On Inside…

…Takin’ That Ride To Nowhere…

…We’ll Take That Ride…

…I’m Feelin’ Okay This Morning…

…And You Know…

…We’re On A Road To Paradise…

…Here We Go…

…Here We Go…

The 1985 Single Album ForROAD TO NOWHERE By TALKING HEADS !!!

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I Awoke This Morning In The Mood For Some Quality Jams From…

TALKING HEADS

…My OTHER Favorite Band Of All-Time!!!

If You Thought People Gave Me Odd Looks For Loving DEPECHE MODE

…Then You Should Have Seen/Heard Them When I’d Pop On My TALKING HEADS Tunes.

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I Learned Very VERY Quickly That Most Peeps My Age Simply Didn’t Dig Their Music At All.

And Ya Know What, Kiddies…

…That’s Perfectly Fine With Me.

I’ve ALWAYS Preferred To Look At It In The Lighter-Vein Of…

"Those Fools Don't Know What They're Missin', Fo Flippin' SHO!"

What Do You Think?

Am I Out-Of-Line?

Or, Are We On The Same Page?

I’m Promise I’m Hoping For The Latter!

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Now…

…I LOVE Me Some TALKING HEADS

…And While There Are Many MANY Jams Of Theirs I Truly LOVE And ENJOY…

…This Song…

ROAD TO NOWHERE

…Off Of The Album…

LITTLE CREATURES

…Just Stood-Out To Me, Today.

Most Folks Who Happen To Be TALKING HEADS Fans Seem To Feel Their Music Really Started Going Downhill Following The Huge Success Of The Live Concert Album…

STOP MAKING SENSE

…And, To An Extent, They’re Correct.

Most Of Their Greatest Jams DID Come-Out Before That Album.

HOWEVER…

…That Doesn’t Mean Everything That Followed It Was A Pure Crap, Ya Know?!

And If We’re Discussing The BEST They Had To Offer AFTER That Album…

ROAD TO NOWHERE

…Would Rank At The Very VERY Tippy-Tip-Top, Fo SHO Fo SHO!!!

It’s A Jam That Takes Me Back To My Childhood…

…And Does So Without Much Effort.

ROAD TO NOWHERE

…Was The Very First Song By TALKING HEADS I Had The Pleasure Of Hearing OTHER THAN The Tracks Off Of The “STOP MAKING SENSE” Album.

It Quickly Became A Personal Favorite…

…And It Remains So To This Very Day.

I Remember It Even More-So Because Of It’s Wonderfully ODD/CRAZY Music Video.

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((That’s A Link To The Video On The Ole YouTube If You’re In The Mood For It.))

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ANYWAY…

…I Sure Do Hope Y’all Have An Amazing Day.

The Weather Is Acceptable Outside Right Now…

…So I Think It’s Time For Yours Truly To Pop His Sneakers On And Go For A Little Walk-About.

Please Take Care Of You For Me, My Peeps.

I Shall Holla At Y’all Later On, I’m Sure!!!

Until Then…

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“Is Simplicity Best…”

“…Or Simply The Easiest?”

DEPECHE MODE

((From The Song JUDAS (1993)))

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JUDAS Is Just A Personal Favorite Jam From DEPECHE MODE That Just Happened To Pop-On During My Morning Walk! It’s Not The Best Song On The Album, SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION, But There Truly Isn’t A Bad Song On The Entire Album. Period. ๐Ÿ˜€

(NOT SO) Random (JAMES BOND BLU-RAY) Movie Mention: “A VIEW TO A KILL” (1985)

A View To A Kill (1985)

Yeah, That’s What’s On.

I Just Happen To Have This Classic JAMES BOND Caper On Ye Ole BLU-RAY, Now!

Exciting, Eh?!

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For The Longest Time, I Insisted To My Friends ((and anyone else whom might/might-not care)) That This BOND Adventure…

A VIEW TO A KILL

…Was MY ULTIMATE-FAVORITE BOND Flick.

Period.

And, For The Bulk Of My Youth, It Honestly Was.

While It May Not Be MY FAVORITE Any Longer, It Remains A True Joy For Me To Kick-Back And Watch.

A VIEW TO A KILL” And “OCTOPUSSY” Actually Started My Personal Love Affair AND Adventure With Ole –007– And His Amazingly Wonderful World.

I Sincerely Haven’t Looked Back, Since.

I’ve Been Hooked From The Onset.

I Do So So SO Love This Movie, And Think It To Be Very Very VERY Underrated.

Yeah, I’ll Grant That ROGER MOORE Was A Little “Long-In-The-Tooth” At Times During This One.

It Can’t Be Denied, So I Won’t Even Try To Do So.

But, Did It Honestly Bother Me???

Nope.

NOT. AT. ALL.

I’m A Huge ROGER MOORE Fanboy.

He Shall Always AND Forever Be MY FAVORITE BOND, And It’s Pure Bliss For Me To Watch Him Go On A Mission As The World’s Most Famous Spy.

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A VIEW TO A KILL” Co-Stars CHRISTOPHER WALKEN As Our Baddie, The F-in’ Brilliantly Insane “MAX ZORIN“, Whom Is Hell-Bent On Destroying Silicon Valley, California, With A Man-Made MEGA-DISASTER!

He Wants To Corner The World’s Microchip Market, You See.

Honestly, He’s The Icing On The Sweet Sweet Cake That Is A ROGER MOORE Bond-Fest.

And, If CHRISTOPHER WALKEN Is The Icing, Then GRACE JONES As The Evil Henchwoman “MAY-DAY” Is The Strawberry On-Top!

(((I hate raw cherries, so those don't come anywhere near my sweet sweet cakes with icing!)))

Just Sayin’.

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This Flick Is Truly PRICELESS.

It’s Over-The-Top At Times, But It’s Totally Worth It, My Peeps.

The Chase Scene Going From The Eiffel Tower, And Ending With A Crashed Wedding On A Barge, Is Simply Wonderful FUN.

And, That’s Exactly What The Whole Flick Is…

FUN!!!

Sometimes, That’s Really All I’m Lookin’ For.

I’m Very Happy To Have Now Added This BOND Caper To My Blu-ray Collection, And Now I’m Going To Get Back To Watching It.

I’ve Likely Seen It 412’ish Times…

…BUT It Has Yet To Get Old.

OH, And Don’t Forget About The Film’s Theme Song!

It’s Performed By Another Person Favorite…

DURAN DURAN

!!! !!! !!!

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It’s STILL My Absolute Favorite BOND Theme Song.

Period Period Period.

Y’all Should Give This BOND Flick Another Chance, My Peeps.

It Is Deserving Of At Least That Much.

Who Knows, Maybe You’ll Encounter A New Found Appreciation For It.

I Know I Did, And I Already Really Enjoyed It.

You Just Can’t Beat JAMES BOND On The BLU-RAY!!!

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Happy Movie Watching, Kiddies!!!

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The Song Stuck In My Head: “DAMAGED PEOPLE” by DEPECHE MODE (2005)

Depeche_Mode_Playing_the_Angel (via Wikipedia)

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.. ..

… … …

Were Damaged People

Drawn Together

By Subtleties That We Are Not Aware Of…”

“…Disturbed Souls

Playing Out Forever

These Games The We Once Thought We Would Be Scared Of…”

“…When Youre In My Arms

The World Makes Sense

There Is No Pretense

And Youre Crying

When Youre By My Side

There Is No Defense

I Forget To Sense

Im Dying…”

“…Were Damaged People

Praying For Something

That Doesnt Come From Somewhere Deep Inside Us…”

“…Depraved Souls

Trusting In The One Thing

The One Thing That This Life Has Not Denied Us…”

…. …. …. ….

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DAMAGED PEOPLE

by DEPECHE MODE

…Is A Truly Skipped-Over AND Underrated Jam, My Peeps.

Truly AND Honestly.

It’s Very Odd.

It’s Very Quirky.

It’s Dark AND Brooding.

Yet, All The While, It Remains A Beautiful Song.

Period.

This Is Actually One Of My Favorite Songs From The Album “PLAYING THE ANGEL“…

…An Album Jammed With Favorites.

PLAYING THE ANGEL” Was Released In 2005, With Most Reviews Saying This Particular Song Was One Of The Drags Of The Album.

People Just Didn’t Warm-Up-To-It Like I Sincerely Felt They Should.

Me?

I Loved The Entire Album, Including Theย  Song “DAMAGED PEOPLE“, And I’m Quite Unsure Just How Many Times I’ve Listened To It.

It’s A Song That Gets My Brain AND Heart Churning AND Burning Overtime.

At This Moment, This Song Is Locked Into My Mind.

I’ve Been Listening To It The Bulk Of The Morning, And That Sincerely Prompted This Post.

Honestly, I’m Not So Sure What To Say.

I Have Something Written On Paper, But I’m Slowly Realizing I Don’t Really Think I Should Say To Y’all Everything It Actually Says.

I Think I Made It TOOOOOO Personal.

Just Know This, My Peeps…

…I’m Dedicating This Post To Someone.

The Other Inspiration For This Bloggin’ing.

THE SPARK.

Everyone, Whom Works In A Creative Field, MUST Have A SPARK.

Period.

A Muse, If You Will.

Something/Someone That Inspires You.

Something/Someone That Makes You Want To Work.

Something/Someone That Brings You Great Joy In Life.

I Have One.

You (likely) Have One.

So, Tell Me, My Peeps…

…WHAT/WHO INSPIRES YOU???

WHAT/WHO MAKES YOU WANT TO WORK???

WHAT/WHO BRINGS YOU GREAT JOY IN LIFE???

Please Let Me Know, My Peeps.

To Say I’m Curious Is An Epic Understatement.

I Want To Know What Makes You Feel Like Doing This Kind Of Thing, Or Any Kind Of Thing, Regardless Of What It Is.

I Know What Makes Me Happy.

I Know What Makes Me Sad.

I Know What Inspires Me.

I Know What Makes Me Keep Coming Back For More.

So, What Does It For YOU, My Peeps???

Anything???

Anything At All???

There MUST Be SOMETHING???

Right???

RIGHT!!!

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An Amazing Song You’ve Never Heard That’s Now Stuck In My Head: “HIDEAWAY” by ERASURE

One Day The Boy Decided

To Let Them Know The Way He Felt Inside

He Could Not Stand To Hide It

His Mother, She Broke Down And Cried

Oh, My Father

Why Don’t You Talk To Me Now

Oh, My Mother

Do You Still Cry Yourself To Sleep

Are You Still Proud Of Your Little Boy

Don’t Be Afraid

You Don’t Have To Hideaway

The Boy He Was Rejected

By The People That He Cared For

It’s Not What They Expected

But He Could Not Keep It Secret Anymore

Far From Home Now

Waiting By The Telephone

There’s A New World

You Can make It On Your Own

Are You Still Proud Of Your Little Boy

Don’t Be Afraid

You Don’t Have To Hideaway. …

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..<<..>>..

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I Wish I Had More To Say About This Song, My Peeps.

It’s Very New To Me.

In Fact…

…TODAY Is The First Time I’ve Ever Listened To It.

And I LOVE IT!

I Love It Love It LOVE IT!

The Beat It Pumps Is Wonderful.

The Lyrics Are Masterful.

It’s An All-Around Crowd-Pleaser!

To ME…

…This Song Is About “Coming-Out” And The Trials And Tribulations Of Doing So.

I Didn’t Know That My Family Already Knew.

They’d Known For A Long While.

I’d Talked To My BFF About It…

…And I Even Asked Him To Tell My Mother, As I Was A Chicken-Shit-MO-FO, Fo SHO.

But She Already Knew.

As Did Some Of My Other Friends.

My Father Was The Last To Know, And It Shocked Him.

He Had No Clue.

Thing Is…

…I Didn’t Have A Clue, Either.

I Didn’t Figure It Out Until I was 20-Years-Old.

Most Guys Figure Things Out Much MUCH Sooner Than That.

But Not I.

I Was Oblivious.

I Knew I Had “Tendencies” But Nothing More.

A Phase.

That’s What I Was Convinced It Was.

Just A Phase.

I Played It Off As Long As I Could.

Then…

…Finally…

…I Gave In To Said Tendencies…

…And Finally Admitted What I Was…

…What I Am.

Talk About A Wildly-Weird Situation.

Coming-Out At 16 Or 17 Would Have Likely Been Much Easier On The Fam…

…On Me.

But, At That Point, It Was Just A Phase…

…Or So I Kept Telling Myself.

Sheesh.

This Song…

HIDEAWAY

by ERASURE

…Really Sums It All Up.

I Can Easily Suggest It To Anyone AND Everyone.

It’s An Exceptional Little Ditty.

Y’all Should Give It A Go, Fo SHO, My Peeps.

I Know The Band…

ERASURE

…Isn’t Everyone’s Cup-O-Tea, But They Sure As Shit Are Mine.

As I Said…

…This Song Is New To Me.

I’ve Been Listening To It All Morning…

…On Repeat…

…Trying To Make Sure The Lyrics Say What I Think They Say.

And They Do.

So Why Not Blog About It…

…About Them!

Exactly, My Peeps!

Why Not, Indeed!

I’m Gonna End This Here.

Mainly Because I Need To Lay Back Down.

I’ve Used-Up Every Ounce Of Strength I Had Just To Write-Up This Little Number.

I’m Exhausted.

I Need A Rest.

That’s Sad, As I Slept The Bulk Of Yesterday.

But Whatever, Russ, Whatever!

Time To Rest.

Or, Do So As Much As Is Possible.

I Shall Try Try TRY!

Much Love, My Peeps!

Until The Next Time…!!!

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