1. In My Place

From the recording Some Professional Help

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I grew up in a family with a lot of fighting as did most of my friends. So we were never shy with our feelings or ideas around each other. I suspect it’s also just a feature of being young that I really miss as I’ve written about this before. I have found that contrary to what I was lead to expect, being an adult has made me more uncomfortable in my relationships, both social and artistic, as people seem to call me out less and less on my (always unintentional and well-meaning) bullshit. I of course strive to be a more empathetic and diplomatic person, but the abbess of give-and-take antagonism makes me incredibly uncomfortable and self conscious. In fact the whole experience of Some Professional Help has really put this in to hyper drive. Some of these fine musicians are are obviously comfortable telling me if they want to change something, but some remain very hard for me to read. We’re working on it.

Sage Baggott- drums
Van Jackson-Weaver- bass
Scott Alexander- vocals and guitar
Scott Alexander- Vocals, guitars, bassoon
Recorded by Adum Muñoz and Jesse Nichols at Fantasy Studios
Mixed by Jesse Nichols at Opus Studios
Mastered by A.T. Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms Mastering


I’ve taken time for talking to you
And I’ve taken the time for listening too
And no one’s taking score
But if they did I know that I’d take more
Give me one moment, I’ll give you my take
But if I give too much, please don’t make me wait
For you to put me in my place

I don’t want to argue to be petty
Or bicker to be contrary
I just thought I’d tell you how that I love the way we disagree
Advice you did not ask for is the only kind you need
I’m so glad I can count on you to be a jerk to me
And I love the way we disagree

You give the best attention as you choose to ignore
All of the eggshells we have spilt upon the floor
So I’ll take a chance and I’ll do the same
I’l stomp right on your face
Bouncing I’ll wait patiently for you to put me in my place
Cause you do not lack empathy and I’ve got some to spare
But when you do offend me, it shows me that you care
Your words don’t really hurt me but your silence brings despair
And when you do offend me it shows me that you care

The foundation of our bond is not conflict
In fact, it is quite rare
But if I can’t tell when it’s there
Then i’ll freeze just like a statue that’s forgotten and defaced
And I’ll crumble into ruins if you don’t put me in my place.

But if you just give me a sign that I’ve stepped out of line
Then it’s you who’s out of touch
Because you should know that I don’t read much
In the patterns that we make
Which are between the give and the take
It does not disrupt to disagree
Now if you’re ready to offend me as I push the scale and it sways
All I need to know is that you’ll put me in my place
I’ll forget my etiquette, but adore how you’ll get over it
All I need to know is that you’ll put me in my place