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Oh my soul, oh my soul,
Will we find the missing piece that’s going to make you whole?

Mr. Clever, huh? Greatest ever, huh?
Could have moved the world with the right lever, huh?
Was always now or never, now I guess it’s never, huh?
Missed your shot at entering the 27 Club.
Missed your shot at greatness, it was not amazing,
You cannot replace the chances that you failed to take.
You played it safe, made small mistakes,
Took tiny risks, shook your tiny fists,
Now you sit unsated at your empty plate,
Can’t quit if you don’t play the game, hey.

Oh my soul, oh my soul,
Can we try for just a little bit of self-control?
Oh my soul, oh my soul,
Did you think that you were really going to play that role?

I know, I understand:
Count your blessings, bird in the hand,
But I can’t be thankful on command:
I’m not a saint, I’m just a man.
And I thought my life would be bigger than this,
Thought glory might come quicker than this,
Get a little bit pissed when I think about it
So maybe it’s best to forget about it
And just live the life that’s been given to me,
Never be no captain of industry,
Never see my face staring back at me
From a thousand shining TV screens.

Oh my soul, oh my soul,
Did you think that you were really going to play that role?
Oh my soul, oh my soul,
Will we find the missing piece that’s going to make you whole?

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from THE BOTTLENECK and other stories, released April 18, 2017

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