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RP (Forget the Metaphors)

from Celebs (2001 EP) by Roommate

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I saw your mom
at the party after Esther Kahn
she was just sort of standing around

I met your sister Summer
well actually, I just kind of said hi
I told her she was great in the film
she said thanks and smiled
(she seemed really nice)

River Phoenix
forget the metaphors
I wonder what you would have thought of your brother Joaquin in Gladiator
I thought that he was really good
and that the movie was okay
you know, I felt the same way
about you and Little Nikita, in 1988

Your mom looked so much like you
like you both had the same eyes
I wanted to give her a hug
and ask for girlfriend advice

Michael Stipe was at the party
and so was Gus Van Sant
someone said that Summer was dating Casey Affleck
I said "at least she's not with Ben"

River Phoenix
if you were still alive
would you hang out with them--
Casey Matt Damon Gwyneth and Ben?
Would you still be with Samantha Mathis?
like Johnny Depp, with kids and wife?
Would you always be superfamous?
or maybe someday could you be a regular guy?

River Phoenix
I used to like drugs too
in fact, I kind of still do
but I couldn't afford the ones that you used
The fansite talks like you are an angel
at times even like you are Jesus
why don't you come on down and see us?
show us that you still need us fans.


from Celebs (2001 EP), released December 11, 2001




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Roommate began as a Kent Lambert solo project in NYC in 2000 and has been an ever-mutating Chicago band since 2004. The band's 2015 album MAKE LIKE was described by [sic] magazine's Tim Clarke as "astute, economical, meticulously performed and produced, and deeply affecting, both lyrically and musically." ... more

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