Janessa (Then)

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Janessa’s going out, to a house tonight
The one that’s downtown, she’s heard it’s out of sight
A place where older kids live on their own terms, so they say.
She’s fifteen years old, she pulls up on a bike
She’s never been before, she wonders what it’s like
The funny thing is I was here fifteen years ago myself.

And I can tell you what I remember from those wasted days and nights
A time and place that seemed so magical at first I thought I’d found
The meaning I’d wanted all my life to that point, but I was so wrong
Here’s how it looks inside with time between us.

Well see the guy in the sweater there
Over by the over-stuffed easy chair
Tells the girls he’s a poet in the night, but when he’s done them he’s done
Yeah you know the type.

And see the girl with the blue hair?
The one with the smirk and the vacant stare.
She’s looking to hurt someone the way she was hurt last night
You’d better hold on tight.

This world’ll break you down, Janessa
It’ll break you down and tear you apart
There’s no way out.

This world broke them down, Janessa
Yeah, it broke them down and tore them apart
There’s no way out.

And you’ll kill yourself if you try and beat it
Best to walk away, unless you really mean it
Find the ones who are coming at you from the heart.

Janessa goes inside, and she likes what she sees
Wild and alive, the kids are living free
Or so it might seem from the the first glance on that night.

I felt that way myself, but now I wonder why
It feels like back then, a part of me just died
And it’s taken fifteen years to bring it back to life.

And I can tell you what I remember from those wasted days and nights
A time and place that seemed so magical at first I thought I’d found
The meaning I’d wanted all my life to that point, but I was so wrong
Here’s how it looks inside with time between us.

Well there’s a girl in the easy-chair
At night she cuts herself to make her parents care
But we’re so busy with politics that none of us can care at all.

And see that guy jumping up and down?
Life of the party, yeah he’s a clown.
I swear to God ten years from now he’s gonna hang himself.

This world’ll break you down, Janessa
It’ll break you down and tear you apart
There’s no way out.

This world broke us down, Janessa
Yeah it broke us down and tore us apart
There’s no way out.

And you’ll kill yourself if you try and beat it
Best to walk away, unless you really mean it
Find the ones who are coming at you from the heart.

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from Still Sick, track released January 1, 2011
Scott Valid, Casey Crenshaw, Joe Cable

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The Invalids Santa Rosa, California

The Invalids are a punk rock band from Santa Rosa, CA. Formed originally in 1993. Reformed in 2009. Current members are: Danny Eosefow (guitar), Scott Valid (vocals), Sean Kehoe (drums), and Slim Hoffman (bass).

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