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REVERSE Number Search for Chilly Evenings in Hell
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Published: Sun Apr 15 2001
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REVERSE Number Search for Chilly Evenings in Hell

for liam rector


It makes no difference in life if you win or lose:
just waking up every day can take all you’ve got.
That’s why so many of us turn to drugs and booze.

Quit your job, get divorced, take a cruise.
What do you care? When you’re hot, you’re hot.
It makes no difference in life if you win or lose.

What really matters will not come as any news:
bad as bad is, even good times can hurt you quite a lot.
That’s why so many of us turn to drugs and booze.

The way some people fight it is to snooze
all day and night, popping Prozac, dozing on the cot,
because it makes no difference in life if you win or lose.

But that’s not our way. Oh no, no, no. We choose
direct engagement, or is it complete evasion? We’re not
sure. (That’s why so many of us turn to drugs and booze.)

In the end, it’s hopeless. There is no way to refuse
to see that future heart attack, that fatal clot.
It makes no difference in life if you win or lose:
that’s why so many of us turn to drugs and booze.

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