The Perfect Balance (unplugged)

by Lloyd Brodnax King

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Written in 1996 while hanging around in the studio listening to a self-help cassette tape called Healthy Happy Relationships. Most of the lyrics prior to the sung rap are found poetry taken from that tape.

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I wish I had the perfect body / I wish I had the perfect
I wish I had the perfect body / I want body

It’s not just luck / How to insure compatibility
Where do we get these notions? / Some of the these things
Are the things / We want to hold on to
They propel us / There the things we live by
I don’t want to incite a riot here / I don’t want to upset anybody
Many of you have reasons / These are called excessive
It becomes kind of eerie

I’ll get you off / I’ll tell you what I heard

I wish I had the perfect body / I wish I had the perfect
I wish I had the perfect body / I want body
I wish I had the perfect body / My feet, my toes are perfect
I wish I had the perfect body / I want body

The fun ends as soon as you get into one / They’re more trouble than they’re worth
They should be forever / It’s the end of all our fairy tales
Rocky territory within
I don’t want to incite a riot here / I don’t want to upset anybody
Many of you have reasons / These are called excessive
It becomes kind of eerie
Out of whack / The wrong ratio

I’ll get you off / I’ll tell you what I heard

I wish I had the perfect body / I wish I had the perfect
I wish I had the perfect body / I want body
I wish I had the perfect body / My feet, my toes are perfect
I wish I had the perfect body / I want body

We had a relationship / Yeah, well it was cool, yeah, and it was hip, yeah
It was just like TV/ The way it’s supposed to be
I had you / You had me / And everybody was skinny
Everybody was
We hung around in Scoville Park and climbed a tree into our world
Hey look at the guy underneath is profoundly bald
I’ll fuck you up, I’ll fuck you up, I’ll fuck you up

Good god all mighty must have made my body

Coming over the hill / The round, round hill
With the round, round shoulders / And the brown, brown skin
Get it, get it / Get it, get it / Get it, get it / Get it, get it
But that was before we rode the subway / And found out what it was all about
The big fat child beatin’ on the baby / With the big fat lip stickin’ out
Into the midnight
What is she broke? / Is she stupid?
What’s up with that nobody’s happy without going through a hell of a route?
I’ll fuck you up, I’ll fuck you up, I’ll fuck you up

Good god all mighty must have made my body
Good god all mighty must have made my body
Good god all mighty must have made my body
Good god all mighty must have made my body

The double dutch treat!

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released January 1, 1999
Words and music by LBK. Todd Lazar contributed the bass-line to the sung rap section.

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Lloyd Brodnax King Chicago, Illinois

Composer & performer. Studied w/ Marcel Moyse & James Moody. Recorded with Poi Dog Pondering. NEA fellowship. Jeff award. Content Director for Chicago Public Radio. Professor at Austin Peay, Colorado College, DePaul, & Lake Forest College. Co-founder ACM's Chicago Arts Program & University of Chicago’s Careers in Arts. Performs w/ Funkadesi, the Sun Ensemble, Michael J. Miles, The Other Brothers. ... more

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