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John Cameron Mitchell, Ezra Furman - No Debt

from New American Dream by John Cameron Mitchell and Friends

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over the sea
over the sea
i’ll get there
i wanna see 
there’s gonna be
no debt there
i need a disguise
i think it wise
to color my eyes
kiss my lips away
burn my fingertips
cut off the lips
that kissed you

shatter my teeth
and the bones underneath
reset them in the shape
of a good man
of a good man
give me a new name
give me a new name
i’ve always liked cosmo

they’ll never find me
they’ll never know me
got a new passport
i want to go home

my woman has changed
her face rearranged
since i met her
i’m scared of my kid
and the things that i did
to get him to like me

i wasted my whole life
but i love my wife
cause she only wasted a short time
with me
nothing i could do
made her love me how she used to
before she really knew me

over the sea
over the sea
over the sea
i’m gonna get there
i’m gonna see
there’s gonna be
no debt there
no debt there

here’s an idea
shut me up in a cave
let it be my grave
with just a hole for a straw
til i forget what i saw
and all i did wrong
help me self-embalm
pour me in a mold
paint me gold
put me high on a shelf
watch over you
in sickness and in health
finally true to myself
i’ll do no harm i’ll do no harm
watch me through a rolled up dollar
ain't moving but i’m getting smaller

over the sea
over the sea
over the sea
there’ll be
no debt there
no debt there
never sing a song that you can’t sing to a dying man
oh no debt there
no debt debt debt debt debt
oooh etc.


from New American Dream, released September 4, 2020
Written and performed by John Cameron Mitchell, Ezra Furman, Jorgen Jorgensen-Briggs, Ben Joseph and Sam Durkes; produced by Ezra Furman, Jorgen Jorgensen-Briggs, Ben Joseph, Sam Durkes and justin Craig; mixed by Justin Craig;  mastered by Kevin Ratterman


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John Cameron Mitchell & Friends

John Cameron Mitchell is an American writer, director, performer, songwriter. He directed, starred in and wrote w/ Stephen Trask the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His other films include Shortbus, Rabbit Hole, How To Talk To Girls At Parties.W/ Bryan Weller he created the acclaimed musical podcast series Anthem: Homunculus.He’s currently a cast member of Hulu’s Shrill and CBS’s The Good Fight ... more

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