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My secret’s safe, I’m sure that no one has a clue
Least of all me, but perhaps you do
The streetlight’s on, I’m the lone loitering suspect
Ear to the ground, hoping for sympathetic judgment
As I listen to the rush in the sewer drain
It’s the early evening flush after the rain

I’ll paint it black, slapping my thirty-first thick coat on
It’s my dad, waiting for me to call him

Trying to stop trying to improve
Trying to give in and never, ever lose

I’ll be a boy, I’ll be a Chinese jump rope champion
Why not?
I’d don’t remember how it happened


from Kiss Me Screaming, released January 1, 1996


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Khalid Hanifi Ann Arbor, Michigan

Over the course of three decades, Khalid Hanifi (Map of the World [Atlantic Records], Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops, and as a solo artist) has built a deeply compelling body of work that combines uniquely thoughtful, personally-charged lyrical content with impeccably crafted, irresistibly infectious melodies. ... more

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