The Girl from Ipanema

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lyrics

the favela looks like an avalanche happened
crumbled and come to rest down the mountain
it’s a perfect view with some morning mist
or for a photo to show my friends I’m an activist
maybe I am, maybe

the girl from Ipanema goes walking
she holds her phone away from her ear when she’s talking
and she sees me, and assumes that I
want to give it to her just like every other guy
maybe I do, maybe

I’d tell you every hateful word I ever said
and the trashy southern kid I left for dead
is still scared to death by all the books he never read

and my nighttime infidelities are rooted in some pornographic
image as a kid, that made me think, “hey, I should date a Catholic”
the part of me that always wants to be alone
is buried by the parts that don’t

the fathers are selling trash to the tourists
the mothers are raising such feminist purists
oh Mercadante, you’ve left the job undone
cause as it turns out, girls don’t just want to have fun
maybe you know, maybe

I grew up in the only state that’s named after virginity
and god, what does that do to kids, and god, what did it do to me?
and Jesus watches over you from atop the Corcovado
but his words have grown into a clichéd, boring ostinato
good for stadiums
and presidents
for blessing all
while you’re hurting them

this city’s painting all the roses red
making sure the air is full of lead
there’ll be more of them after they’re all dead, won’t there?

and if destruction be our lot, then we must do it to ourselves
for we’ll die on our own terms and not the terms of someone else
the part of me that always wants a happy home
is buried by the parts that don’t

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from South America, released September 1, 2017

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