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Don't You Realize How Cool I Am

from The Unsinkable Nino Blankenship by Nino Blankenship

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written in August 2007 with my good friend Mario Balibrera - mariobalibrera.bandcamp.com - a song about chess strategy, local eateries, and film. he and I collaborated on lyrics, I (Chris) wrote all the music

This take dates to June 2013 (different from what has been on the Nino Blankenship bandcamp page for about a year and a half).


Don't you realize how cool I am
With the straight face that you all demand
Let's go spend a week plugged into the screen
I'll press pause, we'll talk through every scene

Don't you realize how cool I am
Everyone in town calls up this man
Put the charm out front and watch it fly
All the old men yelling checkmate say hi

Look at my lineage and show amazement
My dad spent a fortnight talking chess in the basement
Nothing to laugh at, just beyond your own withdrawal
More evidence that I am an impressive individual

Don't you realize how cool I am
Count up all the friends I possibly have
Add a few for Sunday dinner at home
And the ones I gained out in Encino

Don't you realize how cool I am
Nothing fazes me from all that I've had
Talked the agent down to 40 days
Not much time lost in an ancient place

Come to Tommy's oh I must insist
After you move your knight from there to D6
The family's gonna join us for a feature or two
The show's up at eight and I'll entertain you

Don't you realize how cool I am
Led the high school revolution in a popular band
Now I've hit the local circuit and the all ages clubs
Am I getting there on skill or just a whole lot of luck?


from The Unsinkable Nino Blankenship, released November 29, 2013
lyrics by Chris Sampang and Mario Balibrera
music by Chris Sampang

drums, piano, bass guitar - Chris Sampang


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I guess those piano lessons paid off after all

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