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The Bartender

from Not 12 by Mark Lesseraux and The Citizens

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The Bartender

Jesus waits at the bar downstairs
He pulls the shade on the setting sun
He preps his hands, he knows now what’s at steak
Bloody rare, she’ll take it to go

Oh Jackie O
I believed in you
But now I know
What I have to do is tear down 
The one I wanted
So much to dance with
And now I’m haunted
And I can’t live with, myself … or you

Counting hours as the clock winds down
Out of time and out of space
All these moments collapsing into one
All those tears and all that fun

Oh Jackie O
I used to dream of you
Now I don’t know
If it was me or you in the dream
In which one of us
Didn’t wake up 
As the other rose
And put on makeup
For the boys

This is how it turned out
This is how it goes
I’ve been taken in
I’m breathing through the nose
I’ve got two options left
But only one to choose
I’ve got nothing left … to lose 
I’ve got nothing left … to lose
I’ve got nothing left … to lose


from Not 12, released July 4, 2020


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Mark Lesseraux New York

Mark’s mother is Irish Catholic. His father was a Russian Jew. In the 2nd grade, Mark veered “off course”… secretly. It is not clear how the "thread" was lost, but it had to do with a botched reading assignment; a chapter in a blue and yellow book left unread. Later, there were 2 nervous system glitches and at least 2 ecstatic dot connecting sessions. Finally, a Need… to sing. ... more

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