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Put foot on bus
and hand on railing.
Pull dollar out,
put dollar down.
Wait eight or ten
then ten or twenty.
Stand up again.
Go on, get out.

This minute’s mine,
the next ones aren’t.
My I.D. card
Opens the door.
Press desk to chair
then chair to carpet.
Ask passively
what it’s all for.

What would you do
if you knew you were getting paid anyway?
I’d tie up all my time
in some grand design
so it can’t escape.
What would you do?

You knew the bills
would come at some point.
Your orders were
filled long ago.
Singing all day
would just be heaven.
But what’s the sun
without the snow?

Scoff office work
if it consoles you.
Know though that you’re
a lucky man.
Our world was built
on stubborn systems.
Move to the wild
or just give in.

What would you do
if you knew you were getting paid anyway?
Find a thousand tiny chores
to unlock the doors
And let time slip away.
What would you do?

What would you do
if you knew you were getting paid anyway?
I’d tie up all my time
in some grand design
so it can’t escape.
What would you do?

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from Your Flaws Aren't Picturesque, released July 17, 2015

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