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Big Time Underground

from With The Sentimentals by Vanessa Peters

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This is another track from 2006's "Little Films," but it's completely different from the original. Again, I love how The Sentimentals stood it on its head. I still feel like this song belongs on a movie soundtrack somewhere. Now, more than ever, in the world of egos and super social media, it seems like we're always on screen, always playing a part.

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don’t you come in here and tell me how the story goes
cause i know a lot of things you don’t know
and they don’t either and no one will understand
how this quilt got pieced together

and don’t even try to start throwing things
i’ve glued down all the furniture and breakables
i’ve put away the best pieces and all that we have left are our hands
and what we hold in them

so i could make you a cup of tea
or you could kick a hole in the door
are you going for an oscar
or are you happy with an independent film award
would you like to give your lovely speeches
or are you content to stay underground
only recognized in your hometown

so don’t you come in here and say i broke your heart
it’s cheap for an ending, it doesn’t even begin to start
and the audience will never fall for this one
you’ll be called an over-actor
you’d better go for subtle or downcast

so i could make you a cup of tea
and you could kick a hole in the door
are you going for an oscar
or are you happy with an independent film award
would you like to give your lovely speeches
or are you content to stay underground
only recognized in your hometown

‘cause everyone loves the lovable loser
when he’s up on the big silver screen
hold your head high, pretend that you don’t see the holes
‘cause only by playing dumb are you gonna steal this scene

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from With The Sentimentals, released January 20, 2015

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Vanessa Peters Austin, Texas

Indie singer/songwriter from Texas. Musician, Italophile, Virgo, coffee nerd, food lover, bossy-pants, big ol' softie.
I've released 10+ albums and played over 1000 shows in 11 countries. I'm not done yet.

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