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Hi. I'm Kavalier Calm. I write songs and poems inspired by the people I meet on the internet. Ask, and I’ll write something for you. Really.
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  • For Chelse at m00nme and Jimmy, whose father decided to leave too soon. Much love. — Kavalier

         What My Father Meant To Say Before He Left

    My son, don’t waste a second of your youth.
    The body slowly breaks down as it’s used.
    So use it for good before you leave.

    My son, take the poison of true love.
    Once you have a taste, you’ll depend on the drug.
    So use it ‘til you’re addicted and weak.

    My son, stare death in the eye and know you aren’t afraid.
    One day dying will seem like a much-needed change.
    So use it when you’ve lost the will to play.

    I’m sorry I lost the will to play.

    This song was inspired by this post on reddit. Free downloads are here. Much love. — Kavalier

         I Don’t Want To Be What This World Needs Least 

    The kind of people this world needs most 
    are the first to leave. 
    The good die young defending 
    the weak. 

    The kind of people this world needs least 
    are the ones who win. 
    They live for capital-m Me— 
    everyone else be damned. 

    Sometimes I wonder, “If I’m still alive, 
    am I just like those creeps? 
    Have I sacrificed enough 
    for the weak?” 

    'Cause it's a privilege 
    to be among the living. 
    I don’t want to be 
    what this world needs least.

    Tonight’s song is for Maddi and her boyfriend, Michael. She told me that they are in a long-distance relationship, doing their best to make it work, and asked for a song about this. When I learned they originally met at a con, I realized I could reference costumed heroes and super powers in my song about their fight to overcome distance. So here it is. I hope you enjoy it, friends. And good luck Maddi and Michael! Free downloads of this song are here. — Kavalier Calm

         I Will Not Let The Miles Defeat Our Smiles

    Do you remember the day we met?
    Amidst a costume crusade?
    We talked for hours about nothing;
    we met thanks to fate.

    And now we wait.
    But I know we can be strong.
    Like all the heroes at that con.

    The next day I followed you around
    in silent awe.
    I was afraid I might just be
    a cosplay prop.
    But when you helped me buy Leeroy the plush,
    I thought this might be love.
    We have a super power of our own—
    to survive distance with a phone—
    and I will not let the miles
    defeat our smiles.

         Cry, Baby, Cry

    I won’t pretend to know how it feels.
    But, darlin’, I swear I’ve been hurt, too.
    If life’s got you down,
    then there’s only one thing left to do.

    Cry, baby, cry, baby, cry.
    Let it all out and let me in.
    And I will soak up your tears.

    Bottle it up if you wish,
    but don’t act surprised when you explode.
    You think it’s a sign of weakness,
    but only the brave lighten their load.

    Just let them fall, let your tears fall.

    Free downloads (just enter $0 as the price)

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    Last time I was dating someone, Tumblr was the other woman in our relationship. I’d go to see her at all hours of the night, write for her, send selfies to her…It made my girlfriend jealous, and she gave me an ultimatum. As I’m sure you gathered—because I’m posting this—I chose true love.

    You know how karate masters
    chop through a stack of bricks?
    Your loving me is like this.
    I was a hard man,
    not looking for love,
    but your smile melted me like butter.
    Your hands sliced deep
    down to my core,
    left my defenses in pieces
    on the floor.

    Hey friends, I implore you to stream my songs on Spotify. Listen on repeat. Have them playing on your computer even if you aren’t in the room. I only make a fraction of a penny per play, but any little bit helps fund my project so I can keep writing songs for you all—for free. Share what you hear with your friends if you like it. Much love. — KC

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    Book: Come on, read me!
    Me: No I'm mad at you.
    Book: Why? What did I do?
    Me: You'll be done soon.
    Book: Well, I had to finish eventually.
    Me: No. If you loved me, you'd keep taking your characters on more adventures. Forever.

    I wrote this love song in response to this quote. Free downloads here. Much, much love. — Kavalier

         Nothing Left To Chase

    Every morning you have
    two choices:
    sleep with your dreams
    or wake and chase them.
    But now that you sleep in my bed,
    the choices are the same.
    You, darling, were my dream.
    I have nothing left to chase.

    They say somewhere over the rainbow
    is a pot of gold.
    But who needs gold
    when you have a rainbow?
    Now that you sleep in my bed,
    I can finally see.
    Why would I go hunt for more?
    I have all that I need.

    Now that you sleep in my bed,
    there’s no decisions left to make.
    Any time I can have with you
    I should clearly take.
    VERSE 1

    Waiting for the bus
    is like waiting for love.
    There’s just no timetable
    to know when it comes.
    So you wait and wait
    and hope it arrives;
    you wait and wait
    for your chance to ride.

    Finally, after nervous checking
    of your watch,
    you’ll decide it’s best
    just to walk.
    Because the road is long,
    but you know the way,
    and this slow bus
    isn’t worth the wait.

    For certain-tyy and everyone else who’s trying to make a lover out of a friend. — Kavalier

         Feelings Like This

    He’s the boy of every girl’s dreams:
    you can take him home to mom; you can take him in your sheets.
    She’s beautiful in a small and shy way:
    she’s realer than the rest, not another bitch, Barbie.

    They’ve been friends for far too long.
    Love’s come upon them like sleep: slow, then all at once.
    They believe they control their feelings;
    but feelings like this, they control you.

    They try and play dumb, but they can feel the change.
    They deny it to their friends, say things are still the same.
    But how about that first kiss? And the second one, too?
    Is that something “just friends” do?

    His mind flip flops like a fish on land,
    and she’s too scared to put the truth in his hands.
    They go back and forth between a laugh and a fight;
    they won’t admit that this happiness is right.

    Free downloads here (just enter $0 as the price).

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    Me: I think what people really want at the end of the day is just somebody who cares.
    Girl at the bar: I'd agree. But why is that so hard to find?
    Me: Maybe because no one knows how to care about someone else. Most of us haven't even figured out how to care for ourselves yet.
    Girl at the bar: ...I'm going to give you my number.
    Me: Why?
    Girl at the bar: Because you might not know how to care. But at least you're trying.

    Tonight’s song was inspired by Ria at rustlerustle. She shared a poem she wrote with me—about being skeptical of a love—with the recurring line: “What did I do to deserve this?” I wanted to use this line in a song, but I also wanted to know why others feel like they don’t deserve love. So I asked, and many of you answered beautifully (if sadly). Thank you, thank you. I used most of your responses in the lyrics to this song. All the verses contain hyperlinks to the blogger who submitted the idea. Followers, check out their blogs as you listen to my song and maybe message them and let them know you still think they deserve love. Please? For me? Free downloads of this song are here. Much love. — KC

         To Deserve You

    I have a history of being intense.
    I’m a disappointment to all my friends.
    I don’t filter my mouth when I speak.
    So how could you want me?

    What did I do to deserve this?
    What did I do to deserve you?

    I’m too simple—in a complicated way.
    I’m haunted by my past mistakes.
    I love too much and too many at once.
    So how could you be the one?

    I wish I was someone else.
    I like to hide in my shell.
    I play too much when things get real.
    So what is this that I feel?

    I’m writing a song about feeling like I’m not deserving of love. I’m brutally honest and arrogant, and it makes me hard to be with. I’d like to put other people’s reasons in the lyrics, too. So, why do you feel like you don’t deserve love?

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