Outsourcing

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My heart is understaffed and ill-equipped
For almost anybody’s basic needs
And almost anything you throw at it
Will be outsourced to neurons overseas.

And while there may be concepts with no cognates
In their native tongue of synapses and rationality;
And though at times they’re at a loss for how to conjugate
They usually can get the gist and sidestep faux amis

So, press one for apologies
Two for advice
Three for my sympathy
Four for a fight
Five for a sounding board
Six for a hand to hold
Seven for patience
But something is lost in translation

You might detect the slightest foreign accent
Or note the shades of meaning don’t quite match
At times I may offend by accident
I’ll always have my share of holes to patch
But with a tiny little bit of luck
You’ll never notice anything’s amiss
My brain has diligently studied up
On proper protocol for sticky situations such as this

What’s it mean to love and hate
When all your lines are scripted,
Pulled from your own detailed notes
That tell you how to feel?
And if it’s second nature now,
Then does it make a difference
If it’s all one big charade
Or if it’s real?

And even if I’m faking,
The fact remains I make you happy.
Maybe I’m just caring in my antisocial way
Still my outsourced neurons make mistakes
So forgive me
If, at times, I don’t know what to say

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from Corolla, released May 27, 2014

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Jake Wasson West Warwick, Rhode Island

I'm a wayfaring troubadour and longtime busker, currently based in Rhode Island. Folk and blues are at the heart of what I do, but I like to get weird. Enjoy!

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