I'm Jitter Boy

from How It Is Nowadays (2003) by Mailbox

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This one took a while to finish, no surprise. I had lots of musical pieces from as far back as 1998 that I knew would all fit together. I also knew that one of Greg's lyrics would fit. It wasn't a style or syllabic fit. I just knew that a song about a coffee addict would fit the frenetic bits I'd written. As I wrote even more musical pieces I had to go back to Greg and pester him for more lyrics. I didn't so much compose the song and organize it.


I've lost so much sleep over you
I sold my pillow, Sold it to a man who said
He just wanted to sleep all the time
he had no worries, He had nothing on his mind
And he said, "Thank you for the pillow, Jitter boy"

I can't drink my coffee anymore
It's too damn mellow,
Slows me down and makes me feel
I'm stuck in a tub full of grinds
I'm on top of everything,
I've even left the future behind singing,
"Get thee from my sight, I'm jitter boy."

Hits a nerve and shakes my head
Speed of lightning rising
Now I'm welded to the bolt
'lectric sizing measuring the jolt
I'm screaming, "Bring on the juice! I'm Jitter Boy!"

I speak so low, my running mouth,
my sweeping points, my higher ground,
What I know I will speak aloud
Mandible joints echo the sound
and I waited so long until the thing that never came - never came

Jitter Boy wanna know what da jitter and
da pitter patter of love is all about
Jitter Boy wanna know why
da twitter-pated spitter of wit got jitters too

All you need is patience and trust
All you need is patience and trust
Just wait for time to dissolve

My talk could fill magic books with oral scent and I?d
never take a whif into my scent even if death
sat right down behind me and tried and tried and tried
and I'd float right though its hood
just like a slinky buddah should
and I'd remain unclassified until this very day...
day or night: which light could make me take in a stray...
a stray of light, or ray of light, or any given beams,
I take the darkness out myself and then I say to thee

Don't need no stinkin light, got my own damn stinkin light
Don't need no stinkin light,
got my own damn stinkin light
I got my own damn light

Nervousness is Godliness, in fact
It's clear and hollow
Finds a place and sets its sights
Between every point in the grid
Drives like Fittapaldi
And I'm hanging on the tail pipe
yelling, "Look Ma ma, no hands, I'm Jitter Boy."


from How It Is Nowadays (2003), released October 31, 2003
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Greg Skillman


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Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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