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Coping Mechanism

This song is by Shovels & Rope and appears on the album Swimmin' Time (2014).

I've got to find a better coping mechanism
I'm falling apart, disintegrating in the schism
Is it a show or is it realism
Lost and found and then I was locked up in a prison

I better find a more suitable solution
Before I reach the most predictable conclusion
To be the victim of my personal delusion
Just to find that I've been living an illusion

They say there's just no substitute for the real thing
The kind of chemical that can make your whole body sing
You can take the needle and shove it in your vein
And call it medication to alleviate you pain

I do my best to keep the confusion to a minimum
I'll try not to be the monster of the millennium
Someday they'll thank us for the hell that we was givin' em
When all of this time we just hope we were borderline offendin' em

They say there's just no substitute for the real thing
The kind of chemical that can make your whole body sing
Scrub it till you're bleedin' but you can't scrub out the stain
Leave your mouth wide open while you're drowning in the rain

Put your head down, wipe the spit out your eye
Ain't nobody coming to your poor me parade
When trouble comes to your door, what you ignoring it for
You'll be standing there helpless when it comes on in

They say there's just no substitute for the real thing
The kind of chemical that'll make your whole body sing
You can test your merit, you can show it some restraint
But in the end you're just a predictable refrain

Oh, ain't nothing like the real thing
The kind of chemical that'll make your whole body sing
You can test your merit, you can show it some restraint
But in the end you're just a predictable refrain

While you're poison in your brain ('Cause you're heart has been mislain)
But you're gonna die just the same (For a dream you could not attain)
'Cause you drove yourself insane (And there's nobody left to blame)
So you just carry on an complain
Till you forget your name

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