Learning More Things

from Songs for Grownups Volume 2 by Jay Ackley

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Learning more things didn’t make me more intelligent
Living more years didn’t make me more wise
I grew up thinking I was smarter than everyone
I grew up stupid with a head full of lies.

Chipping away at the aspects of society
That I was immature enough to think they don’t apply to me
Like maybe I’ll start thinking about what I eat
Or wait for the signal to cross the street.

I can’t stand people who remind me of me
And I’ll probably like you more if you say something kind of mean
If you’re not mortified by who you were
Then that probably means that you haven’t matured.

I used to believe that we lived in meritocracy
And a lot of other shit that would rightfully embarrass me
Now I’m trying hard just not to really suck
And not to get defensive when I fuck it all up.

Learning more things didn’t make me more intelligent
Living more years didn’t make me more wise
I grew up thinking I was better than everyone
I grew up stupid with a head full of lies.

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from Songs for Grownups Volume 2, released December 24, 2020
Featuring Jake Arant

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Jay Ackley Brooklyn, New York

Minnesotan in Brooklyn by way of London; having a sing-song through the dystopia.

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