Calm Lyrics


I am on the 6th train heading uptown to my lit. professors office

It’s like light years off of campus

don’t ask me why

I’m sandwiched in-between this guy who’s literally drooling

And some European hipster who, well lets be honest, smells.

Woody Allen heard Gershwin in the air when he thought Manhattan

Well I’m not so impressed , I hear like Philip Glass at best

I spend all my time just trying to get


But it’s not working

'Cause like, clearly, I'm a magnet for a special breed of psycho

Who think being weird's a valuable use of time

And my notebook likes to wander on its own across the city

Taking with it my whole thesis, which I need to write, like, now.

I don’t remember the Muppets getting hives

When they took Manhattan

But my own diagnosis says I’m creeping toward psychosis

Cause I cannot find a place to get


It’s really hard you know

I tried to take up yoga

But you’ll be surprised how many folks don’t think deodorant is Zen

I even saw a life coach who told me I should breathe

Just breathe

But every time I took in a breathe

I visualized that life coach’s death

She’s having brunch at cafÈ Pierre

And she’s choking

And choking

And choking

And finally she’s calm

I’m sorry

Anyway, I get to my profesor's and he sits me down and tells me

That my thesis on Virginia Woolf feels somehow false

I tell him what I’m working from is not so much a thesis

But the fact that she went crazy

And that seems well, apropos

My professor just tosses back his head

And a dry Manhattan

I’m wondering which will him quicker

The big apple or the liquor

When suddenly I panic

And I tell myself I must get someplace


I up and run toward Penn station like I swear my head was ready to blow

And I hop a train to Jersey

Just as fast as any person can go

Then 90 minutes out

I get off at some provincial hamlet I’ve never heard of

There’s a real estate office right on the block

I can afford a two bedroom

I go into shock

I think, what the heck

I write a check

Cause there’s sunlight, and closets, and laundry

But mostly it’s calm





Really calm

Strangely calm

Like times square at five A.M. calm

Like totally freak me out calm

Like I’m gonna slowly go crazy and throw myself over the balcony calm

Damn it


I tear up my deposit

And I head back to Penn station

But of course the subway’s broken

So I walk four miles home

And like 14 hours later

I get back to my apartment

With my crazy spastic roommates

And a room ,well, of my own

I’ve got this black and white poster on my wall

that says “my Manhattan”

And I give it the finger

But I let my gaze linger

And I notice how the people look like tiny specks of grey

All haphazardly arranged just like they were in that Monet

And suddenly I'm struck with this bizarro revelation

That like, Warren's whacked out theory might deserve some exploration.

I sit on my bed

And I realize I’m finally


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