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Art is dead
Art is dead
Art is dead
Art is dead

Entertainers like to seem complicated
But we're not complicated
I can explain it pretty easily
Have you ever been to a birthday party for children

And one of the children won't stop screaming
Cuz he's just a little attention attractor
When he grows up to be a comic or actor
He'll be rewarded for never maturing
For never understanding or learning
That every day can't be about him
There's other people, you selfish asshole!

I must be psychotic
I must be demented
To think that I'm worthy of all this attention
Of all of this money you worked really hard for
I slept in late while you worked at the drug store

My drug's attention
I am addict
But I get paid to indulge in my habit
It's all an illusion
I'm wearing make up
I'm wearing make up
Make up
Make up

Art is dead
Some people think you're funny
How do we get those people's money?
I said art is dead
We're rolling in dough while Carlin rolls in his grave
His grave
His grave


This show has got a budget
This show has got a budget
And all the poor people way more deserving
Of the money won't budge it
Cause I wanted my name in lights
When I could have fed a family of four
For forty fucking fortnights
Forty fucking fortnights!

I am an artist
Please God, forgive me
I am an artist
Please don't revere me
I am an artist
Please don't respect me
I am an artist
You're free to correct me

A self-centered artist
Self-obsessed artist
I am an artist
I am an artist
But I'm just a kid
I'm just a kid
I'm just a kid, kid
And maybe I'll grow out of it.



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    UnregisteredMay 19, 2012 at 6:36 am
    I feel bo is saying while we are off having fun others are suffering. He's shouting out our own self centered-ness. Especially performers. All we do is go on stage and get paid so much money for it. Meanwhile tony who works at x does so much more work and yet he only gets minimum wage. We want the attention the spotlight and yet people who have so little are casted out in the shadows. He isn't saying to save them, but that his job is so minuscule compared to a life. He, just like everyone else, wants to help them, but he's too busy acting.
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    UnregisteredMar 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm
    Bo is trying to get people's attention to how horrible the music and entertainment industry has become and how many people who create modern music are just overgrown children seeking attention.

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