No Nippon Ichi

from by Graham Smith & KGW

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Perhaps you treat me
Like a tactical RPG
But I'm no Nippon Ichi
My games are frustratingly easy

Catch and release
Advance and retreat
Reconnoiter and debrief
And soon enough you will defeat me

All the tunnels you dig around me
And my defenses are dead ends
As if you gave two figs about me
You couldn't if you tried
Which you shouldn't, by the by

But better off with than without me
You give chase valiantly
As if the charge is worth the bounty
But catch me if you can
I am spry, I am infinitely wise
But quasipotent
And uneasy on the eyes

But that's just me
Untrustworthy and weak
A valueless antique
At least that was your implication
Or my artifact of interpretation
An imperfect interpolation
A miscommunication
Are you saying I can't speak?

Or have you said a single word
This entire conversation?
Let's not talk about that now
Did you hear that sound?
Anyways, let's see, where was I
When I gained this obligation to you?
Don't answer-- but you do have an answer, don't you?

I guess I can't see
Why you're mad at me
I'm no John de Lancie
I act completely powerless
And you believe
The performance is discrete
The illusion is complete
And I'm spared from sorting out this mess

I wonder where would I be now
If we'd never met
Probably right here where I am
With less regret

But come summer fairer skies will
Mask the things I neglect
And make them easier to swallow
And digest

Because I'd gladly be a glutton
To rid myself of envy and pride
Lust has left me behind
But it's alright

Cause I stepped from death to life in 1979
And I'll jump from life to death
When it is time

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from Yes Boss, released June 9, 2008
(c) Graham Smith

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