Courtney Barnett Shivers

I’ve been contemplating suicide,

But it really doesn’t suit my style,

So I think I’ll just act bored instead

And contain the blood I would’ve shed

She makes me feel so ill at ease

My heart is really on its knees

But I keep a poker face so well

That even mother couldn’t tell

But my baby’s so vain

She is almost a mirror

And the sound of her name

Sends a permanent shiver down my

Spine

I keep her photograph against my heart

For in my life she plays a starring part

All alcohol and cigarettes

There is no room for cheap regrets

She makes me feel so ill at ease

My heart is really on its knees

But I keep a poker face so well

That even mother couldn’t tell

But my baby’s so vain

She is almost a mirror

And the sound of her name

Sends a permanent shiver down my

Spine

She makes me feel so ill at ease

My heart is really on its knees

But I keep a poker face so well

That even mother couldn’t tell

But my baby’s so vain

She is almost a mirror

And the sound of her name

Sends a perennial shiver down my

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Courtney Barnett Let It Go

What time do you usually wake up?

Depends on what time I sleep

Technicolour rainbow horror

Sweet dreams

Keep on rolling on the impulse

Ignore backstage lethargy and

All those obligations lost in

Reverie

You’ve gotta let it go

Before it takes you over

Eastern standard open G

Transpacific malady and

Calm is more conducive to the

Remedy

Speckled sunlight on my freckles

Salty water curls my hair

Run the race at your own pace

You’ll get there

What comes first – the chorus or the verse?

I’m a bit blocked at the moment

They say the more you learn the less that

You know

You’ve gotta let it go

Before it takes you over

You’ve gotta let it go

Before it takes you over

You’ve gotta let it go

Before it takes you over

You’ve gotta let it go

Before it takes you over

Courtney Barnett Sunday Roast

Don’t come with your arms swinging

Throw them around me

Some kind of sweet relief

I hope you never leave

It’s all the same to me

Just bring yourself

You know your presence is present enough

I got a front row seat

It’s all the same to me

I spend a lot of my time

Doing a whole lot of nothing

I know you’re doing your best

I think you’re doing just fine

I know it’s been a long week

And now you’re taking your time

Some kindness goes around

Some kind of backfires

It’s all the same to me

Ignore that voice

It puts you down

You make your choice, I’m here for you

It’s all the same to me

I got a lot on my mind

But I don’t know how to say it

I know you’re doing your best

I think you’re doing just fine

Keep on keeping on

You know you’re not alone

And I know all your stories

But I’ll listen to them again

‘Cause if you move away

You know I’ll miss your face

It’s all the same to me

You know it’s all the same to me

Keep on keeping on

You know you’re not alone

And I know all your stories

But I’ll listen to them again

And if you move away

You know I’ll miss your face

It’s all the same to me

You know it’s all the same to me

Keep on keeping on

You know you’re not alone

And I know all your stories

But I’ll listen to them again

And if you move away

You know I’ll miss your face

It’s all the same to me

You know it’s all the same to me

Courtney Barnett Pedestrian At Best

I love you, I hate you,

I’m on the fence

It all depends

Whether I’m up, I’m down,

I’m on the mend, transcending all reality

I like you, despise you, admire you

What are we gonna do

When everything all falls through?

I must confess,

I’ve made a mess

Of what should be a small success,

But I digress,

At least I’ve tried my very best, I guess

This, that, the other

Why even bother?

It won’t be with me on my death bed,

But I’ll still be in your head

Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint

You tell me I’m exceptional and I promise to exploit you

Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami, honey

I think you’re a joke but I don’t find you very funny

My internal monologue

Is saturated analogue

It’s scratched and drifting,

I’ve become attached to the idea,

It’s all a shifting dream bittersweet philosophy

I’ve got no idea how I even got here

I’m resentful,

I’m having an existential time crisis

What bliss!

Daylight savings won’t fix this mess.

Under-worked and over-sexed

I must express my disinterest.

The rats are back inside my head

What would Freud’ve said?

Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint

You tell me I’m exceptional and I promise to exploit you

Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami, honey

I think you’re a joke but I don’t find you very funny

I want to wash out my head with turpentine cyanide;

I dislike this internal diatribe

When I try to catch your eye

I hate seeing you crying in the kitchen

I don’t know why it affects me like this

When you’re not even mine to consider

Erroneous,

Harmonious,

I’m hardly sanctimonious,

Dirty clothes

I suppose

We all outgrow ourselves

I’m a fake,

I’m a phony,

I’m awake,

I’m alone,

I’m homely,

I’m a Scorpio

Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint

You tell me I’m exceptional and I promise to exploit you

Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami, honey

I think you’re a joke but I don’t find you very funny

Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint

You tell me I’m exceptional and I promise to exploit you

Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami, honey

I think you’re a joke but I don’t find you very funny

Courtney Barnett Anonymous Club

Let’s start an anonymous club

We can sit close in the dark

Come round to mine

We can swap clothes and drink wine all night

Turn your phone off, friend

You’re amongst friends

And we don’t need no interruptions

Leave your shoes at the door

Along with your troubles

Your troubles, your troubles, your troubles

Let’s start an anonymous club

I’ll make us name badges with question marks

Come round to mine

We can swap clothes and drink wine all night

Turn your phone off, friend

You’re amongst friends

And we don’t need no interruptions

Leave your shoes at the door

Along with your troubles

Your troubles, your troubles, your troubles

Thank you for cooking for me

I had a really nice evening

Just you and me

Thank you for cooking for me

I had a really nice evening

Just you and me

Just you and me

Just you and me

Just you and me

Just you and me

You and me

You and me

You and me

You and me

You and me

Courtney Barnett David

If you see me when I’m feeling down, I don’t know if I want you around

Don’t want you around

I don’t really like any of your friends, but it’s not that hard for me to pretend

Hard to pretend

Come on Davey, let’s go plant a tree. You bring the spade, I’ll bring the seeds

I’ll bring the seeds

Courtney Barnett Untogether

I was friendly with this girl

Who insisted on touching my face

She told outrages stories

I believed them ’til the endings were changing from endings before

She’s not touching me anymore

Untogether

I couldn’t help it, I got hard

You can try your life

But you can’t save the unsaveably

Untogether

I was shipwrecked with this frog

Who was endlessly testing my faith

He made outrageous demangs

I ignored him ’til I strapped on my boat feet and surfed into shore

He’s not touching me anymore

Untogether

I couldn’t help it, it got hard

You can try your life

But you can’t change the unchangeably

Untogether

Now the bird nest on my back

Keeps my turning and straining to see

We threw outrageous parties

We were golden

Now the bird keeps a distance and I keep my speed

Sometimes there’s no poison like a dream

Untogether

I couldn’t help it, it got hard

You can dry your eyes

But you can’t hold the impossibly

Untogether

Courtney Barnett History Eraser

I got drunk and fell asleep atop the sheets but luckily i left the heater on.

And in my dreams i wrote the best song that i’ve ever written…can’t remember how it goes.

I stayed drunk and fell awake and i was cycling on a plane and far away i heard you say you liked me.

We drifted to a party – cool. The people went to arty school. They made their paints by mixing acid wash and lemonade

In my brain I re-arrange the letters on the page to spell your name

I found an ezra pound and made a bet that if i found a cigarette i’d drop it all and marry you.

Just then a song comes on: “you can’t always get what you want” – the rolling stones, oh woe is we, the irony!

The stones became the moss and once all inhibitions lost, the hipsters made a mission to the farm.

We drove by tractor there, the yellow straw replaced our hair, we laced the dairy river with the cream of sweet vermouth.

In my brain I re-arrange the letters on the page to spell your name

You said “we only live once” so we touched a little tongue, and instantly i wanted to…

I lost my train of thought and jumped aboard the Epping as the doors were slowly closing on the world.

I touched on and off and rubbed my arm up against yours and still the inspector inspected me.

The lady in the roof was living proof that nothing really ever is exactly as it seems.

In my brain I re-arrange the letters on the page to spell your name

We caught the river boat downstream and ended up beside a team of angry footballers.

I fed the ducks some krill then we were sucked against our will into the welcome doors of the casino.

We drank green margaritas, danced with sweet senoritas, and we all went home as winners of a kind.

You said “I guarantee we’ll have more fun, drink till the moon becomes the sun, and in the taxi home I’ll sing you a triffids song!”

In my brain I re-arrange the letters on the page to spell your name

Courtney Barnett Are You Looking After Yourself?

“Are you working hard, my darling?

We’re so worried, always thinking of you.

And we just want you to be so happy, keep on going.”

“I don’t want no 9 to 5

Telling me that I’m alive

And ‘Man, you’re doing well!'”

“Have you got some money saved up for those rainy days?

You should start some sort of trust fund…

Just in case you fail.”

“My friends play in bands.

They are better than everything on radio.”

“Did you see that special on TV the other eve?”

“No, my TV, it stopped working when we got here.

(It’s been four years.)”

“Are you eating? You sound so thin…”

“I don’t know what I was thinking. I should get a job.

I don’t know what I was drinking. I should get a dog.

Should get married, have some babies, watch the evening news.”

Courtney Barnett Blue Cheese

Chinese rock and roll

Blue cheese up your – well you know

And I’m busting out of my seams

If you know what I mean

Because I’m-a-getting f’old

I didn’t mean to cough on her

Forgot to add the fabric softener

I met a girl named Tina

That girl, that girl, supplies the reeferina

So kiss me with your mouth

Girl of my dreams

I’ve grown these agonising eyeballs

Hanging on all the Kurtisy calls and creamin in my j…

Game genie: a million lives

Never gonna die again

It’s alright

Now I’m calling the cops on you

Nanny nanny boo boo

Narcin’ you out

That’s very funny and pray tell

Dare say, come again?

Rather very amusing as well

So kiss me with your mouth once more

Girl in real life

And cheer up Tom Scharpling: The King

And I’m singing and singing and…

Yeah, get a load of my song

Chinese rock and roll

Blue cheese up your woo hoo!