Monk Comes Home

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Mixed by Jenny Katz and Eric Brandoli; mastered by Eric Brandoli

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Monk comes home
it's a rainy Monday
walks to the corner store
to see what's changed
nothing
not the maples, not the people
even milk and cigarettes
cost the same

cause it's not that long
that she's been gone

Monk comes home
reeking of failure—
feeling just as empty
as her begging bowl
what kind of loser
flunks yoga
she couldn't touch peace up there
with a ten-foot soul

and it sure seems long
that she's been gone

pretty sad
when you sit on a mountaintop bad
pretty dumb
expecting the buddha to come and guide you
it was pretty up there
in that monastery
but who cares when you can't even
feel the feelings inside you

Monk went om
just a year ago April
She was sure it would bend her
to enlightenment
But it didn't fly
they didn't see eye to third eye
it was more like a bad auto accident
They said don't feel bad
you're not the only one we've had
who couldn't finish
it shouldn't diminish you
namaste, they said,
go in peace, my friend
go to hell she replied
and they said
this is exactly the problem

So now she's home
lying in her old bedroom
looking up at the ceiling
that she knows so well
Can't be denied
that she's mostly a screw-up
But it really was fun
to tell them to go to hell

and for just a blip
she lets her sense of failure slip
yes, she needs a plan
but for once it doesn't seem
so impossible
she can stay for a while
get a job, save some money

and it won't be long
before she's gone

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from That’s Another Story, released April 6, 2014

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