Move The Mess Around

from by Jack Garton

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lyrics

Richard and Heather moved in together
to a one-bedroom basement suite.
She was the stormy, creative type
but he liked things real neat.

One day when he threatened to leave her
she did what any of us would do.
She made some superficial changes around the place,
putting off what was clearly due

she just moved the mess around
she just moved the mess around
you can try to deny it but as sure as the rain comes down
she just moves the mess around
she just moves the mess around
things look a little better when you move the mess around

Tommy works for the oil-sand jerks
way up in Fort Macmurray.
His job is to clean up the tailings,
and to do it in a hurry.

So he puts 'em in great big piles
down by the Athabasca river.
Now those toxins are accumulating
in the local babies' livers.

he just moves the mess around x2
you can try to deny it but as sure as the rain comes down
he just moves the mess around x2
things look a little better when you move the mess around

God said to Noah, "Come here, let me show ya
the mess around this place.
Arrogance and isolation
have taken over the human race"

God confessed, "I did my best,
no one can say that I didn't try"
but the mess he was trying to clean up
has already stained Noah on the inside

God just moves the mess around x2
He can try to deny it but as sure as the rain came down
God just moves the mess around x2
things look a little better when you move the mess around

Every time I sit down to write new songs
I try to write masterpieces.
Songs to save the world with,
yeah I'm kinda like a lyrical Jesus.

But by the time I step up to the mic
my expectations have been so ground down,
I just take what's left, swing it around
and hope it makes a pretty sound.

I just move the mess around x2
I can try to deny it, but whatever I try it's as sure as the rain comes down
I just move the mess around x2
things look a little better when you move the mess around x3

credits

from Move The Mess Around, released August 23, 2016
written by JF Garton (SOCAN)
performed by Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron
recorded at Stone Canyon Studios, Vancouver BC, 2015
engineered and mixed by Steven Drake

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