Courtney Barnett

Elevator Operator

Courtney Barnett

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Elevator Operator

	  		 
 


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  Oliver Paul, twenty years old 

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Thick head of hair, worries he's going bald 

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  Wakes up at quarter past nine 

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Fair evades his way down the 96 tram line 

E 
Breakfast on the run again, he's well aware 

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He's dropping soy linseed Vegemite crumbs everywhere 

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  Feeling sick at the sight of his computer 

   A5 
He dodges his way through the Swanston commuters 

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Rips off his tie, hands it to a homeless man 

A                                                   E 
Sleeping in the corner of a metro bus stand and he screams 


"I'm not going to work today 

          A5 
Going to count the minutes that the trains run late 

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  Sit on the grass building pyramids out of Coke cans" 

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Headphone wielding to the Nicholas building 

   A5 
He trips on a pothole that's not been filled in 

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He waits for an elevator, one to nine 

  A5 
A lady walks in and waits by his side 

   E 
Her heels are high and her bag is snakeskin 

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Hair pulled so tight you can see her skeleton 

E 
Vickers perfume on her breath 

  A5 
A tortoise shell necklace between her breasts 

             E 
She looks him up and down with a botox frown 

     A5 
He's well used to that look by now 

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The elevator dings and they awkwardly step in 

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Their fingers touch on the rooftop button 

       E                      A5 
Don't jump little boy, don't jump off that roof 

                 E                               A5 
You've got your whole life ahead of you, you're still in your youth 

E                          A5            E A5 
I'd give anything to have skin like you 

         E 
He said "I think you're projecting the way that you're feeling 

    A5 
I'm not suicidal, just idling insignificantly 

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I come up here for perception and clarity 

   A5 
I like to imagine I'm playing SimCity 

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All the people look like ants from up here 

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And the wind's the only traffic you can hear" 

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He said "All I ever wanted to be 

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Was an elevator operator, can you help me please?" 

       E                      A5 
Don't jump little boy, don't jump off that roof 

                 E                               A5 
You've got your whole life ahead of you, you're still in your youth 

E                          A5            E  A5 
I'd give anything to have skin like you 

       E                      A5 
Don't jump little boy, don't jump off that roof 

                  E                              A5 
You've got your whole life ahead of you, you're still in your youth 

E                          A5             E A5 
I'd give anything to have skin like you 

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