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Random Rules
by Silver Jews

In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection
Slowly screwing my way across Europe, they had to make a correction
Broken and smokin' where the infrared deer plunge in the digital snake
I tell you, they make it so you can't shake hands when they make your hands shake

I know you like to line dance, everything so democratic and cool
But baby there's no guidance when random rules

I know that a lot of what I say has been lifted off of men's room walls
Maybe I've crossed the wrong rivers and walked down all the wrong halls
But nothing can change the fact that we used to share a bed
And that's why it scared me so when you turned to me and said

"Yeah, you look like someone
Yeah you look like someone who up and left me low
Boy, you look like someone I used to know"

I know you like to line dance, everything so democratic and cool
But baby there's no guidance when random rules

I asked the painter why the roads are colored black
He said, "Steve, it's because people leave
And no highway will bring them back"
So if you don't want me I promise not to linger
But before I go I gotta ask you dear about the tan line on your ring finger

No one should have two lives
Now you know my middle names are wrong and right
Honey we've got two lives to give tonight
To give tonight
To give tonight, oh oh oh oh oh

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: David Craig Berman

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Brendan Malone

Rest in peace, David. One of the most singular lyricists rock music had seen.


RIP. Possibly the best song ever written.
"In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection..."
And that's only the first line.


Damn I hate discovering 'new' music when something tragic happens. This is fantastic

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Holy shit, I've listened to Silver Jews since the 90s and just came to watch this because I hadn't listened to him in a few years to find out from the comments that he just died. This was like a punch in the gut, goddamn...

Glad you discovered him tho, one of the greats!


In the same boat sadly I often saw the name floating around and never listened.

First Last

When he smiles at 1:48 I almost cried. Goodnight, man.

Guy Tango

Greg W. Locke I don't know if I'll ever really get over it. it hurts so damn hard seeing your heroes destroyed by the same demons that plague yourself

Greg W. Locke

I INSTANTLY broke out into a sob. And I cry like once a year. David's passing has gotten to me more than the passing of any other "hero" figure in my life.


@bugpwdrdust He didn't. That's why he left

Matt M

Sometimes it descends
Sometimes it ascends, but the
Road will always meet you.

Meet me in the middle
Where nothing intersects with
What you have been.

Where the moon rises
And sets at the same time
Seams are sewn together.

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