The High​-​Ranked School

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Recorded at Studio IB, June 2011-March 2012. Mastered at Office 205. Produced by Julien Palomo for Improvising Beings.


Five years since the last time I saw you
Smiling merrily in the hall
Wearing the most astounding tux
We were graduates, after all

At the time you didn't notice me
But now as we meet randomly
You insist on a cup of coffee
Say « what's up, long time no see... »

It seems like you are doing well
In some super top company
You work hard but the pay is high
Have responsibilities

The high-ranked school did you good
You are wearing such a nice suit

How great you're going to make it happen?
Well I won't
How great you're in the pole position
When I don't?
How great you are the best of us all
When I'm stuck?
How great you're meant for touching the top
When I fall?

And for five years I haven't stood up
An english major destiny
I'm a clerk at the City hall
Well thank you for asking me

Each days I awake to the void
Wondering what happened to me
Just like the other million ghosts
Wandering the city

I'm no success-bound kind of jerk
And the high-ranked school didn't help


Didn't miss that lapse in your eyes
When we talked about the old days
A hazy smile and a hazy mind
A dead heart in a strained body

I could feel a trembling regret
As you sensed that blank inside me
I just wished I felt more concerned
By our similarities

The high-ranked school sealed our fates
Our future will keep its promise

Chorus :
How great to watch this big world of ours
Draining us
How great to live this good lives of ours
In its womb
How great we are better than them all
When we fail
How great we are claiming for the top
When we fall


from For Five Years I Haven't Stood Up, track released March 1, 2012
Aurélie Gerlach: lead vocals, piano
Julien Palomo: everything else, bar:
Michel Kristof: a guitar part near the end, bass line



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