from Sham Romantic by The Jilters

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Everyone watches my grim situation
I’m gawked at with pity and fascination
And I understand the motivation
Assess the damage caused
Assist and then take pause
To be happy they’re not lost, like me

Everyone acts like it’s a disaster
I’m helpless because I can’t get past her
I just wish they’d move along faster
Instead of saying they understand
Offering to lend a hand
While they thank god they’re not stranded, like me

I hate to throw a wrench into good intentions
But please don’t interfere
All the sympathy
Does not help me
No matter how sincere
Please stop your stares
Keep moving [cause] there’s
Nothing to see here

Everyone wants to help me through with what I am dealing
Help me to stand up as I am reeling
But I know there’s something else they are feeling
I’m sure that it makes them feel good,
Because it’s understood,
It could be worse, they could, be like me


It’s not that I'm not grateful
For all the attempts to be
Helpful and empathetic
But why can't you all see
I just want to be alone
With my misery



from Sham Romantic, released December 19, 2017
Christian Dubois: Lead Vocals, Keys
Chuck Kapelke: Drums
Matt McLean: Guitar
Ethan Levitt: Saxophone
Jeff Worrall: Trumpet
Travis Hanna: Bass, Backing Vocals


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The Jilters Alameda, California

The Jilters originate from a college pit band. 20 years ago, drummer, Chuck Kapelke, and pianist, Chris Dubois, played for a Harvard theater company called The Hasty Pudding. Reunited years later in California, the two started developing new material in basements and spare rooms, eventually adding Travis Hanna on bass, Jeff Worrall on trumpet, Ethan Levitt on sax, and Matt McLean on guitar. ... more

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