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What Makes You Smile

from Adventures In No​-​Fi by Frederick Julius

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lyrics

A series of numbers changes hands.
The pixie girl with the blades is all shook up.
No one pretends to know just what it takes
to make you smile.
Boyfriends weren't all that fun for her.
Soap operas can spill your guts all night.
Nobody cares to erase the sensation
of an aggravated sitcom fight.

"If you make love to me
then we'll call it even (even, even now).
Even if it hurts, I've got insurance."
No one denies that she's earned it.

Make up your powder keg red face.
The follow-up isn't something registered.
No one pretends to know just what it takes
to make you smile.
Cheap glitter and invitation jeans
counterbalanced with a pomade jerk-off grin;
no one cares to erase the advantage
that you signed away to him.

"If you look straight at me
then you'll die tomorrow (tomorrow's such a joke).
Even if you call I've got insurance.
Who really cares where I learned it?"

Smash windows and cut your wrists in half.
Blood and flowers on floors just make me laugh.
No one pretends to know just what it takes
to make you smile.
Tell all of your friends that you're alright
then suffocate in a bed of filth all night.
Nobody cares where the sheets and stairs
conspire to rape your life.
No one pretends to know just what it takes
to make you smile.

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from Adventures In No​-​Fi, track released January 1, 2015

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Frederick Julius Omaha, Nebraska

Frederick Julius is underground, lo-fi pop music that conjures the vital sound of early Beach Boys records with lyrics that are visual experiments in the surreal. Each title in the ever-growing Frederick Julius catalogue is written and recorded by Matt Geiler in his sleepy bedroom studio, dubbed The Wonder Room, in Los Angeles, CA. ... more

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