Set Me Up, Knock Me Down

from by Khalid Hanifi

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Blackball time, the shade blew back
I stood naked at attention getting fat
I didn’t choose
Yes I did
It was you that made me do this
Yes I did, yes I did

Blackball time, don’t get hit
You come breezin’ down my alley for the thrill of it

Set me up, knock me down

I’m gonna go
I might stay
I know I’ll grieve about it either way
I’ll carry this tune like shackles
Like a musty mobile home with broken axles


from Spirits of Agnew, released September 1, 2000


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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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