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The Session #76: Walking away from compulsion

The SessionGlenn Humphries at beer is your friend hosts The Session #76 this month. The topic is “compulsion” and you’ll find links to other posts at beer is your friend. On the whole, more thoughtful than my efforts here, because I confess to being at a loss.

Correctly or not, I tend to link compulsion with obsessive behavior. That can include collecting — tracking down card number 156 to fill out a set of baseball cards, finding that last penny that completes that once empty book you got for your birthday. So, given my lack of coherent thought and (honestly) time, I’m leaning on singer-songwriter Joe Ely to comment.

She collected
Chain letters, Irish setters, go-getters
She just needed more

She collected
Show-stoppers, window-shoppers, name droppers,
She just needed more
She just needed more

At first I hardly noticed
I thought she was just showing affection
But when her carpenter came
to measure me for a frame
I walked right out of her collection

– From “She Collected,” written and performed by Joe Ely


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