I’ve Got Better Things to Do

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Written by Doug Harvey

You ask me if I want to go out shopping at the mall
Instead of drinking beer at home and watching Pro Football
Why do you ask that question when you know what I will choose
You create a situation, babe, where I can only lose
I could sit around and wonder why you do the things you do
But, my dear, to tell the truth – I’ve got better things to do

Baby, please don’t ask me how that outfit makes you look
You know I like your clothes the best when they’re hanging on a hook
Don’t ask me if your new dress makes you look a little fat;
What kind of fool would answer a question such as that?
Sometimes it’s just impossible to try to talk to you
So I step outside and take a ride – ’cause I’ve got better things to do

I could balance my checkbook, get my tax returns prepared
Change the oil in the pick-up, get the lawn mower repaired
Synchronize my cell phone, get my emails organized
There’s a million things I’d rather do – without the compromise

Don’t you understand why I don’t say what’s on my mind?
It’s what a psychoanalyst would call a double bind
I could tell you what I’m thinking but the truth might be unkind (hurt a bit)
So I just keep my mouth shut and play deaf, dumb and blind (instead of talkin’ shit)
The questions they are many, but the answers they are few
But I know one thing for certain – I’ve got better things to do

I could stare at my navel, pick the jam out of my toes
Try to cut those little hairs that grow out of my nose
Get my pilot’s license so I can fly away
So many things I’d rather do than go on this way

You like making lists of honey dos and honey don’ts
You always play by rules of what you wills and what you won’ts
I can’t get a word in edgewise, so how would you have known
That I once had a will to live and a life I called my own
Perhaps someday you’ll wonder what it was I did for you
But until that day I’m on my way – I’ve got better things to do

© Copyright by Doug Harvey and Bird Ash Music

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