You Shouldn't Be Here

by Cutting Room Floor

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1.
Pretty thing come here I’m gonna sweet talk your ear off when you say it’s on the house I smile and slink away sweetheart darling honey baby sugar sweet pea let me get it out of my system I catch my flies with honey but bitterness looks so good on me the kind of pretty you gotta squint to see come here go away yeah I’ll give you a welcome to overstay let’s talk about how small I am subwoofed against a wall let’s talk about the noise that drums a tongue against a tied up tongue how I don’t know the strength of my own undertow how gravity pulls harder when you’re drunk can’t tell what I consent to what you did or what you meant to can’t tell who belongs under my wing do I say how dare you or honey let me hold your hair for you while you get it out of your system and I own up to another bed the playing dumb the playing dead how I’ve slipped off the hook since then and I thought we were having fun here but who controls the damage done when you want an inch and I give you an arm’s length who gets to be the creep here little sister you shouldn’t be here who commands a no man’s land where you won’t let go of my hand who’s old enough to buy the booze whose bruises show whose shame is whose what poison do I have to purge to unlearn unlearn unlearn unlearn who gets to protect who from all the things we’ve seen men do when those we can’t believe we trusted have taught us well in spite of us when shame upon more shame’s a sunken continent too deep to name when we can throw our weight hard as anyone and us girls we can sweet talk all we want we can use our hands and hips all wrong gotta burn that bridge at both ends the kind of ugly you gotta stare to see honey baby sugar sweet pea gotta get it out
2.
02:12
God damn these dirty dishes keep on piling miles high come on boy don’t you know the revolution’s in the sink but you just stand there saying you eat a lot for your size did I ask you what you think? say you’re here to help me say you’re gonna shape up shut up boy use your hands if you’re not gonna use your head you talk a good game but don’t know how to show up can you tell me what I said? you don’t make me wash your dishes you just leave ‘em round til they rot you don’t make me do your laundry I trip over your dirty socks you don’t make me buy you soap, you just use mine til it’s gone you don’t make me raise you just like you didn’t make your mom and yes we are good friends and I know you’re a nice guy now come on over here you’re gonna mop this floor until you die I shouldn’t have to make time for everything that you don’t notice and every corner you cut why don’t you already know this? I don’t want to have to tell you I don’t want to have to teach you I’d have no home without this you’d have no home without me but you won’t even wash the spoon I use to feed you if you don’t care about this you don’t care about me. I am not your mom get a fucking grip shit does not get done if you don’t do it if you had a maid you wouldn’t notice it is not my job to clean up your shit you keep leaving me on the back burner now I’m on fire what did you expect you’re my friend and I fucking love you so why do I want to wring your neck you say you’re here for me but you won’t do the work that makes it true you’re never here and you think you have more important things to do but there is no work more important than showing you give a shit about the women in your life I can’t believe I have to tell you this
3.
03:12
You’ve never been a biter but I won’t flinch if you snap back the ladies love that tongue you keep behind your teeth it’s sharper than a tack but it’s not the perfect game of darts you play that keeps me coming back there’s someone in your bed I practice liking her inside my head stash me in your sock drawer I won’t startle at the sounds cause I’m a good friend and I’ll sleep just as well on your carpet as I did in the crook of your arm well a sugar rush is one thing but what gets so high is hard to come down I’d rather cook you breakfast eggs and toast and take my sweet time on the ground you say I’m sweet the way you’d say hey there’s something in your teeth you can count on me to notice when your fly’s undone cause I’m a good friend and I know you take what makes you softer harder than a punch I’ll let you hold my hand the way I hold my rum not too much and never for long not too much and never
4.
02:26
You say I deserve true love forever but you still just wanna fuck on your parents' couch that's why I don't believe in deserving you get what you get and that's what counts I'm your big-eyed smart-mouthed late-night therapist paramedic merit scholar beauty queen buddy cop den mother dish wash punk rocker manic panic all-organic pixie dream fuck you I'm not getting out of my sweatpants I'm gonna lie here all afternoon I might have superpowers babe but if you want me I'll be in my living room and I'm getting used to the no no no when the door is shut and the case is closed and there's a sucker punch that you're suckin up cause you just can't throw ah shit fuckin A goddamn it's the no no no I don't half-love half-live half-bake baby I don't half-ass anything and that's on me but unconditional is unconvincing if it means I gotta work for everyone for free I'm your A plus pay raise high five high pressure high stakes dragon slayer running back I'm your good work good hustle good girl good god stop me before I have a heart attack love me or not and that's your business I'm gonna do what I gotta do I made your fuckin cake already and I'm not about to teach you how to eat it too cause I'm getting used to the no no no when the power's down and the trail is cold and your lights are off but you’re putting on your best shit show ah shit fuckin A goddamn it's the no no no and I'm getting used to the no no no when your engine’s dead and your fuse is blown and they cheer you on and you flip ‘em off and tell them just where they can go say no no no no no no no no no no
5.
Pillow woman on a hook pillow woman on a hook pillow woman on a hook then I seen him like a worm on a hook I don’t want to be part of your world I don’t want you to kiss the girl you split her legs and stole her voice I’m gonna rip it from your throat then I’ll see him wriggle like a worm on a hook then I’ll see him wriggle like a worm on a hook then I’ll see him wriggle like a worm on a hook you poor unfortunate souls I’m a very busy woman and I haven’t got all day I’m a very busy woman and I haven’t got all day I’m a very busy and I haven’t got all it won’t cost much, just your voice pillow woman on a hook pillow woman on a hook pillow woman on a hook then I seen him like a worm on a hook you hurt my girls I hate your guts I wanna be a witch if killing you would fix it I would gut you like a fish I would gut you like a fish I would gut you like a fish I would gut you like a fish I would gut you like a fish
6.
I never said I’d give a limb for anyone but all these cannibals they want a piece of me I try to tell them honey you don’t want this rotten meat it will only make you sick and leave you hungry still they start at my fingers and they don’t stop til my chest it’s a zombie apocalypse in my bed and I can’t get any rest they turned you over naked in the spotlight like a coin picked up off a sidewalk and it turns me on to know that you are far away that way you can’t get in the way when I fantasize about you and there’s no way in no way out weigh out in gold what you can’t count you tried to swallow me whole, now you’re paying through the mouth go away go away go away leave me alone there is nothing left of me to eat I am only skin and bones
7.
I read a banned book I watched the news I went to a party I didn’t wear shoes I touched a girl I touched a nerve I touched a boy I got what I deserve I drank the kool-aid I drank the booze I paid for dinner I paid my dues I didn’t get married in my christening dress I thought about sex I thought about sex my baby left my baby stayed I’m 27 I’m in seventh grade I’m in the basement I’m on TV said I was blind but now I see I cursed my parents I cursed the lord I fucked a ghost on the bathroom floor I didn’t bleed I bled like hell I didn’t plant no seed I didn’t stem no cell I was a stupid slut I had a PhD I went to third base got the third degree my baby’s an anchor by body’s a boat my cunt’s a butler let me hang your coat you can call me monster call me mom I birthed an army I birthed a bomb I fell down the stairs I ran into the door don’t ask what these bruises are down here for I’m a heap of trash, a precious pearl, Virgin Mary I’m a miracle girl I didn’t go to church I didn’t go to church I made love second got pregnant first I’m in the stirrups I’m center stage center fold on the opinion page I’m radioactive I’m ready to blow they say look at you I can see you glow
8.
04:36
Who left the oven on who left the house and did not smell the burning who let her stockings run who dropped the stitch meant to save us the mending who poured the whiskey in your cup said honey baby bottoms up and who left the oven on last night stupid bitches never shut their trap think you need a doctor, doctor, management and supervision don’t know why I put up with this crap was your daddy mean or did you learn it from the television oh oh listen to me oh oh you can trust me oh oh come on baby why you gotta get so crazy it’s all in your head and I thought you liked it thought you liked it that’s not what I said and who you gonna fight with gonna fight with this is my world these are my rules you play you lose you heard me girl can’t you see that you’re a fucking mess calling me a monster monster take it back and be forgiven come on baby get it off your chest what are you so scared of, I can take a little criticism oh oh don’t you know me oh oh check your memory seems a little hazy I would never do that baby it’s all in your head and I thought you liked it thought you liked it you’re just like a kid always causing crisis, causing crisis I know your kind all blush no bite you drive me right out of my mind who left the oven on who said the trouble was all your own making who left the latch undone who broke the window and ran from the building and what good is getting paranoid it’s only a joke and boys will be boys so who left the oven on oh oh listen baby who left the oven on oh oh you can trust me who left the oven on oh oh come on baby who left the oven on you’re just going crazy you heard me girl you play you lose my game my rules I’ll burn this world
9.
Let’s talk about girls and boys again let’s talk about jokes about sandwiches and knees let’s get a little bit ridiculous it used to be fun when we were little kids I have a cunt that’s a funny word all this stuff’s pretty funny let’s be stupid it’s funny me and my friend we laugh so hard we mess up our stories and we almost fall over and what’s wrong with us laughing we met when we were eleven and some part of you is always eleven and some part of you is always nineteen and some part is always on the attack like the part in the back of your head that’s always screaming girls girls girls we’re the best of friends friends friends she played Helen Keller in the middle school play I was her mom and we practiced eating lunch with our eyes closed and silent couldn’t see what we were trying to swallow ask me why couldn’t Helen Keller drive this man on the class trip to Washington tried to make us let him touch our heads with a head massager and I was like no thanks and the teachers called to us girls girls girls and we ran to our friends friends friends we dressed in drag national pirate day Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner I can look a lot like Johnny Depp under certain circumstances they put our picture real big in the yearbook even straight girls came for a second look the closest we got to being Ferris fucking Bueller almost except girls girls girls or close enough yeah friends friends friends and she was always braver than me or else she couldn’t stop herself from knives and tacks to blacking out at parties full of wild hyenas it was there if you knew how to look for it if you’d asked me I’d have told you it was there wanna know why we’re so strong and laugh the hardest well I don’t care when she told me we were eleven I couldn’t make pictures out of the words when she told her parents we were nineteen I hate the things that men do eleven in a church basement nobody asked for specifics and I didn’t know what to ask her so I shut my mouth and hid her blades for years and they called her whore in the boys’ bathroom they’d never say those things about me they were busy egging my garage door I hate the things that you laugh at let’s talk about cunt that’s a funny word I hate the things that men do let’s talk about knees and keeping quiet I hate the things that you laugh at no captain going to turn up I hate the things that men do so blind and deaf in the capitol I hate the things that you laugh at let’s talk about girls girls gi-i-i- I hate the things that men do we mix up our stories I almost fall over some part of you let’s talk about girls and boys again let’s get a little bit ridiculous used to be fun when we were little kids the things we tangle up
10.
Once upon a time Jack came out of his house and he found the gremlin all stinky because he was dead so then, the end.

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"I catch my flies with honey / but bitterness looks so good on me / the kind of pretty you gotta squint to see."
--"Damage Control"

Trigger warning: sex, violence, sexual violence. Anything can be somebody's trigger, but You Shouldn't Be Here has some of the more common ones.

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released May 31, 2013

Ana MeiLi Carling: Lead vocals
Fiona Chamness: Lead vocals, guitars
Alyssa Kai: Percussion, backing vocals

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Cutting Room Floor

Cutting Room Floor is a queer, feminist, genre-bending punk 3-piece based in the northeastern united states. Also sometimes described as a psychic rock band from the underworld.

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