Jim Clements

So Much Alarm
(J. Clements)

I’m well fed. I’m not starving.
Nothing can bring me down.
I can stand up straight, allowing, of course, for bad posture.
Nothing can bring me down.

They say you’re better so I think you’re better.
We all think you’re better; do you sleep well at night?
We all think you’re holy; you must be so lonely.
Come on, Miss Lonely, do you sleep well at night?
You’re so very calm. I never meant to cause so much alarm.

I’m well read. Cover to cover, my dear.
Nothing can bring me down.
And I’m always on time, which is more than can be said for you.
Nothing can bring me down.

They say I’d be good-looking, if I would just put the work in
And I’d be so bright, if I would just use my head.
I’d stand like a statue. Oh, who am I kidding?
Call off the bidding; these words will never sell.
You’re so very calm. I never meant to cause so much alarm.

I thought I was doing quite well. I thought I was doing fine,
Saying, “nothing can bring me down.”
So why did you stretch out your hand? Why did you drag me that way?
You brought me down.

I said I’d never, I promised I’d never.
I only need one thing, and I was born with that, dear.
I’m definitely maybe. I’m royalty, baby.
I’m eye for an eye, but you taught me that, too.
You’re so very calm. I never meant to cause so much alarm.


Jim Clements - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Steve Payne - Bass
Nathan Lawr - Drums
Kevin Quain - Hammond
Carl Nanders - Violin
Maury Kaufman - Percussion