Pretty Genius: The Uncut Hero's Journey

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Boy I bet they think you been a good boy
And I bet they think you been goin’ to church
You been praying to god instead of breaking my heart
I wanna know what lies you been telling yourselves
I was the one bleeding
But you and your friends victimized yourselves

Play the guitar for me
While I’m naked in the bathtub
Tell me, “Baby, I like you like this”
When I’m laying face-down on my mattress
A mindless submissive

No, you didn’t like a pretty genius
You wanted a pathetic girl
To pretend to save from the world
You couldn’t save me from a god damn thing
You can’t even save yourself
Go pretend with someone else

Someone else
Someone simple
Blonde hair
A couple dimples
Someone sprightly and dumb
Doesn’t recognize wrong
Someone you can outshine in the name of love
(Love)

I guess you couldn’t take it
My greatness
So, you played the guitar for me
But you never played my music
I said, “Babe, it’s my identity
that you steal when you don’t say I’m a musician
not a mindless submissive.”

Cause you didn’t like a pretty genius
You wanted a pathetic girl
To pretend to save from the world
(You didn’t like a pretty genius)
You couldn’t save me from a god damn thing
(Not a god damn thing, not a god damn thing)
You can’t even save yourself
Go pretend with someone else
No, you didn’t like a pretty genius
(Oh)
You wanted a pathetic girl
To pretend to save from the world

Four blue eyes
Dark brown hair
They both loved drinking and John Mayer
He was the funniest person in the world
And for a little while
He was her hero
It was January
It was Silver Lake
He turned her sad, blue heart Valentine pink
And then they blinked
The weeks were short
The nights were shorter
She watched him sleep like she knew he wasn’t hers to keep
Seeing the truth before the others
That was her superpower
She saw the flaws in his friends
She saw the manipulation
She saw him becoming a chameleon
With everyone
He hummed basslines underneath his breath
But he was a lead melody stuck inside her head
But his parents barely knew him
Cause he didn’t know himself
Or maybe she didn’t know him either
He said, he said, he said he wouldn’t leave her
But the monsters rushed in
And ripped through her skin
They were scared of how she’d glimmer when the lights were dim
She was one true thing in a miserable crowd
And their lies set a fire
Set his brain aflame
When he looked at her now
She would never be the same
She was too big for them so they had to kick her out
(Had to kick her out)
And he left her there to defend herself
He ran off with villains when the dawn broke through the clouds
She saw it all
She predicted every moment
From the friends to the impact of the final explosion
She’s a musician
Not a submissive
She didn’t need him
And he knew it

You didn’t like a pretty genius
(ooo)
You wanted a pathetic girl
To pretend to save from the world
No, you didn’t like a pretty genius
You wanted a pathetic girl
To pretend to save from the world
You couldn’t save me from a god damn thing
You can’t even save yourself
Go pretend with someone else

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from Garden, released January 19, 2020
Produced by Charlee Remitz
Written by Charlee Remitz
Mixed by Paul Lapinski
Mastered by Maven Mastering

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Charlee Remitz Los Angeles, California

Charlee Remitz is a Los Angeles based dream pop singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer widely praised for her lyrics, which stretch the pop norm.

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