What I'm Worth

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I bus the tables at Sam’s Pizza Place
Sometimes your kids ask when they see my face
Are you a girl, are you a boy?
I wish that I could say “Why yes I am”
“Matter of fact, I am a happy man”
But I don’t know what my boss would say if he found out

Don’t think you’ve met another man like me
Maybe you’ve seen a couple on TV
We all have to fight
For you to take us seriously

I got a name, it’s not the one they gave at birth
I got a name, don’t try to tell me what I’m worth

Stay in my room sometimes on Saturdays
And lie alone behind the lowered shades
Just read my novels, smoke cigarettes and stare out into space
I got a little dream I’ll chase someday
Drive out to Houston, someplace far away
And nobody there will know who I used to be


Each day I wake up and I’m still right here
Using the same damn license to buy beer
Cause it’s nine hundred dollars to change your name in Doylestown
But I am the man that I was meant to be
I think it’s time that you caught up to me
I won’t change myself because you dislike what you see



from Strong and Tender, released April 26, 2017



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Eli Conley Berkeley, California

Eli Conley titled his sophomore album Strong and Tender, but he might well have been describing himself. On stage he’s an earnest yet funny storyteller. His songs urge us to love ourselves even when it feels like the world does not. You can’t help but sing along. ... more

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