Not Perfect

from Going About This by Andy McGarvie

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I could list the ways that I've fucked up and tell everyone I'm sorry
Or walk in front of a bus and take it all to the grave and make them all think 'poor Andy'
Or I could just go easy on myself
Close the book on that and place it high up on the shelf

'Cause no amount of going back and thinking through
All the things I wish I didn't do
Will change the fact that it's all happened and there are things I wish weren't true
But hey, I'm not perfect

We're all blemish free, we got enough money and it's always sunny in the images we post
But it's the knowing it's fake and still believing it's real and then aspiring to that that goes on to hurt us all the most
And this approval seeking perfect beauty faking lie
Reveals an ugly part of us that even filters cannot hide

'Cause no amount of retaking the shot
Pitch correction, editing, or what
Hides the fact that what makes you exactly what you are
Is the way you're not perfect

I don't have to change people's lives with a song I write today
I don't have to be profound every time I have something to say
I don't have to convince everyone to see things the way I see
I don't have to be right or be brave or be sure or always be carefree
And there's strength in that vulnerability

'Cause even though I'm saying this to you
Really I'm the one I'm talking to
So don't be scared, move on with life, do what you need to do
It's OK, we're not perfect

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from Going About This, released February 12, 2021
Written by A. McGarvie.

A. McGarvie - guitars, vocals

Recorded at Aviary Studios, Melbourne Australia

Mixed by F. Montgomery
Mastered at Deluxe Mastering by A. Dempsey

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Andy McGarvie Melbourne, Australia

Andy McGarvie is a Melbourne-based guitarist and bandleader. Along with his band, he takes listeners on a guitar-fuelled journey through blues, soul, funk and rock. Introspective yet inclusive, McGarvie’s music will find resonance with both music aficionados and the casual listener alike. ... more

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