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It's Better To Be The Fool

from Leaving (Reissue with Bonus Tracks) by Justin Winokur



I wish I could say that I'm perfect
and not just confused
I beat myself up over everything
try too hard to look cool
It's hard to convince the whole world you're ok
when you know that it just isn't true
Now I'm tipping my hat as I step off the cliff
cuz it's better to be the fool
I wish I could say that I'm brave and more honest
I wish I could say that I knew
how to tell you the truth when you ask how I am
what the hell am I trying to prove?
with my endless to do lists and phone calls to answer
too many things to get through
but why toss and turn wrestling with wish I could says
when it's better to be the fool
when I'm gone
they'll fight over my cars and CDs
dump my ashes in some box
and kinda forget about me.
dust that gathers dust
a fading memory
nobody noticed my endless mistakes but me -- only me -- just me
under my mountain of wish I could says
are my dreams that could've come true
let myself off the hook as I dance off the cliff
it's better to be the fool
the butt of the joke is the part you remember
it's better to be the fool


from Leaving (Reissue with Bonus Tracks), released April 25, 2020


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Justin Winokur's lush, quirky indie-pop shines a light on the sad beauty of heartbreak. He recently finished his third full- length album, Throwing Paper Airplanes Off A Bridge, which for him, became its own journey of self realization. This intimate tour of his loves, losses, and hopes feels like reading a stranger's diary—and realizing that the handwriting and every single story is your own. ... more

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