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Jim Flannery

Jim Flannery is a country music artist known for his heartfelt lyrics and soulful singing style. He has gained a dedicated fan base through his relatable songs that often touch on themes of love, loss, and the simple joys of life. With his distinct voice and authentic storytelling, Jim Flannery has made a name for himself in the country music scene. more »


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I remember noticing when I was just a kid
That my name and ID were on everything they read
I should have asked what do they use it for instead
My parents had me fingerprinted in case I got lost
Somehow they assumed those records didn't have a cost
Now my purchases have barcodes, my cash is numbered too
I've been inside a moving car with five GPSes under one roof
There's cameras at intersections, coffee shops, and banks
And all of us are empowered with our own cameras, gee thanks
I report my earnings to the feds, the states and to the cloud
And where I walk and where I talk can be seen when I'm not loud
There's footprints in the sand from dinosaurs we know
And IP addresses with time stamps from servers in Bangalore
Langfang, West Des Moines, Hamina, and Bluffdale
They're not the only ones, who know everything we do
But with all this fucking data, they know exactly how we feel
How we feel? How about our habits and routines
Our average daily heart rate and how many steps we got to take
Don't forget the pills with microchips attached
Ensuring our compliance, cause of course they've got our backs
Even on a mountain, you could grab my blood
There's 123s like ABCs, but you can't check me for lithium
Cause I know just how to act
Though it wasn't fucking acting
When the lithium attacked on three different airplanes
I could be wrong, I'm not a fucking doctor
Nor was there one to help, thank you to all those staff who
Stepped up to the plate, and even rubbed my back for
A minute while I laid, in the aisle and in the bathroom
Wondering if they would land if this was an emergency
Or if I might just die of a prescripticide, we'll see
What a luxury to die inside a plane
Instead of by my bathtub alone and as afraid
From getting up from bed, and walking with a head
That was altered by your force, oh shit, I passed out and hit the corner
After years of being accustomed to your worst
Operated by a doc and driven by a nurse
As ordered by the law and fueled by a purse
I grew the wise and escaped your hearse
Or so I thought, cause now it's worse, it's not a salt, inside your tracking
It's your attempt to make a perfect world, as if perfection's lacking
But who is the you that has it, the power to control
My media, my attention, or where I go with who
I may be lonely, but with overreaching technology, I'm never quite alone
We didn't have to allow the launch of satellites
Or the installation of these towers
That infiltrate our air space at every fucking hour
Who allowed anyone to have this much power
Or permitted me to say these things for the public to devour
But what do I know, I'm just a civilian
I don't know how things work, I just know I'm scared
Someone know the songs I like, the emails I've read
The websites I've clicked, what kind of bread I bake, and how long it takes to make
The prescriptions that I've filled, the people that I've kissed
The roads that I've traveled, and the exits that I've missed
But if you think you know what's next
Or you think you know what's best
The best decision that I've made
Is still mine to tell the rest
Did I rip up my SSN
Or ever have one to begin
Cause what other ID
Did you assign my favorite twin?
Cause the only other thing
Than a driver's license they don't have
Is a birth certificate
That says something about their past
But who needs to know, everything I wrote
Or the identity of my favorite secret poet
When the best way that I learn
About my favorite world
Are from the stories that I've heard
Not from the things they never wrote
When did this begin
Does it matter how it ends?
Am I the only one uncomfortable
Whenever songs conclude
Then the silence on my radio
Is interrupted by the news
That's catered to an audience
They tracked by attributes
That coincides with where I am, and who I am, no matter what I choose
I just wanna listen to my favorite song, without being abused
So thanks for the personalized ads, telling me exactly what I need
But food, shelter, water, love, and knowledge are the way I prefer my feed
My fingerprints are sanded down, and removed from my body
But it feels like I've been branded permanently, like an alien whose eyes you can read
You want more proof, put down this note, and take out a lie detector
It may be that the things I say, I say just to protect her
What? You wonder? Could a leprechaun produce a modern lecture
How could you doubt this s--t is real while people do not trust their water?

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