Answering the Public

from The History of a Nervous Path by Josh Belville



i took a step up to the podium
i cleared my throat into the microphone
everybody raised their eyes at me
as if they'd already known

i made a statement
i took some questions
i answered some and i left some open
i thanked my wife
and i thanked god
but most of all i thanked my cpa
fudging the numbers
hiding the stats
throwing my money
into a laundromat
taking my alibi
and making it stick
now here i am
answering the public

all these cameras keep on chasing me
all these people don't buy my line
they think that i'm a big old phony
they think that jail is where i
should spend my time

i told them something
they want to hear
got home, laid in bed and
nursed my beer
in my head i thanked
a corrupt system
but most of all i thanked my lawyer
preparing a statement
taking my bribes
showing the courtroom
that i'm a real good guy
drinking my whiskey
and being a prick
now here i am
answering the public


no one i know can ever touch me
no onw i know has got the joie de vivre
i've built my mansion on their bodies
i caught their accusations on my sleeve

if you were worried
well here's the thing
you're just a pauper
while i'm the king
i took your money
and thanked you too
but most of all i thanked
my goddamn self
scamming the system
devising the scheme
turning your sadness
into a fucking meme
living the good life
and taking my pick
cause now here i am
answering the public


from The History of a Nervous Path, released May 12, 2021
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