Grad School

I’m not ready to go to grad school. I don’t know what I want to do in life, and it’s not like I can be a discovery major for a month while I come to terms with wanting to do art. My parents don’t understand that a lot of students take time off after undergrad. Whenever we’re on the subject, my mother sighs in a way that you can almost hear a bit of her soul escaping from her mouth. My father looks down on me through disappointed eyes and tries to bribe me to go to film school. I don’t know why they’re making such a big deal out of this when a good portion of the people I’ve talked to assure me that this is a good decision. It’s not as if I’m renouncing the idea of graduate school in general. Is it so bad to want to take a step back to stare at my proverbial wall, still dripping with fresh information, to try and figure out what skills I should spend thousands and thousands of dollars developing? I’m still insecure as an artist. I need to actually watch some films and learn how to effectively operate a camera before I feel comfortable toying with the idea of film school. And would I be burned at the stake if I chose to study interactive art, popular music, or underwater basket weaving? I want this to be my choice. I want to spend my money. I want to make sure that I’ve grown enough as an artist and as a human being to be able to get the most out of my experience. Eventually, I promise I’ll get an MFA, because I want it and because I know I’m capable of doing it, but until then, Mother, please don’t pressure me unless you’ve done your research. If you pressure me too much, I might get overwhelmed, flake out, join a band, and live in a box, and I know you don’t want that. I’m 22 and stupid, but I’m smart enough to recognize that I have so much more to learn. I just wanna do it on my own time.

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Grad School

C
They’re tryin’ to make me go to grad school, I said no, no, no
C
Yes I made A’s throughout my college days you know, know, know
G F
My daddy don’t know why and my momma wants to cry
C F C
They’re tryin’ to make me go to grad school; I won’t go, go, go

E Am
I don’t know what I want to do
F Ab
I don’t want to ask for money from you
E Am
I’m not responsible enough for a loan
F Ab
So for right now, I’ll work and live at home
G
College made me realize
F
I need figure out some things before I specialize

C
They’re tryin’ to make me go to grad school, I said no, no, no
C
Yes I made A’s throughout my college days you know, know, know
G F
My daddy don’t know why and my momma wants to cry
C F C
They’re tryin’ to make me go to grad school; I won’t go, go, go

E Am
I never said I’d never
F Ab
Go to grad school ever
E Am
I want my, need my MFA
F Ab
If I’m gonna make it in the world today
G
But instead of wasting all my time
F
I’ll work a little while and clear my mind

C
They’re tryin’ to make me go to grad school, I said no, no, no
C
Yes I made A’s throughout my college days you know, know, know

E Am
I have barely even started
F Ab
To consider myself an artist
E Am
But I still can’t decide
F Ab
Which program is worth my time
G
I don’t want to be stressed out
F
So give me time to sit around and figure things out

C
They’re tryin’ to make me go to grad school, I said no, no, no
C
Yes I made A’s throughout my college days you know, know, know
G F
My daddy don’t know why and my momma wants to cry
C F C
They’re tryin’ to make me go to grad school; I won’t go, go, go

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