Why Aren't I Famous?

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I’ve played with
Adam Green, The Dresden Dolls, and Ian Svenonius,
Kevin Mahon, The Gossip, and Jeffrey Lewis,
Das Racist, and Bomb! the Music Industry,
Herman Dune, Hooray for the Riff Raff, The Handsome Family,
Mount Eerie, Jad Fair, David Peel, Calvin Johnson,
World/Inferno Friendship Society, and Kimya Dawson
Why aren’t I famous? (2)
Is it because I’m not shallow don’t care about sound or appearance?
The production on my records highlights the lyrics.
Or 'cuz I don’t believe in marketing I think it’s evil
mental rape forcing you to ruin whats beautiful?
Or is it 'cuz I don’t try to appeal to teenagers,
the only group for whom music really matters?
(Chorus)
And yes I wish I had more fans
And maybe it’s that i don’t have a band
'cuz morons love rock bands the most.
That stuff is so boring I don’t care about those
who’d rather hear me play Tool songs in a bar,
get drunk and not listen. Then I’d go far.
But I won’t compromise and play bullshit
that I think is boring, maybe that is it.
Or is it 'cuz I'm interested in instantaneous gratification?
I don’t care about the stuff you haveta' listen to again.
'Cuz I always figured if I gave you an endless supply
of awesome entertainment your love for me would never die.
(chorus)
Maybe I brought this on myself
because I don’t appear to need your help.
I look like I'm okay, I’ll tell you the truth, I'd love to be a different way.
I love playing songs to 20 people every night
but id rather play to packed houses under stage lights.
I'd rather quit my job as a professor and just do this all day 'cuz this is what I was born for.
But I'm not complaining
'cuz I love performing
and entertaining
and I make a good living.
I get the groupies
and some of them love me
But (Chorus)

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from LOVE and FAME, released October 25, 2013
Photo of me singing with Calvin Johnson by Dave Britton, Anacortes, WA, 2004.

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Noah plays guitar and sings. Now known as Request Freebird.

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