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House of Yesterday (anti​-​mal du pays)

by Oui Ennui



"you can never go home again..." - some cat who lost his keys

“Who you calling ‘kid’?! I’m old enough to be your cousin…” - moi

It's kind of wild to think that there was a time when nostalgia didn't exist, at least the term anyway. It was coined in the 17th century, 1688 to be exact, and was thought to be a sickness unique to the Swiss. By the 18th century, scientists were looking for an actual nostalgic bone.


Fast forward to now, but jump back to then. We all pine and long in vain. Sometimes not for the past per se, but maybe for a more favorable period in a relationship, or perhaps to a fond memory of your father before you had the wisdom and/or hindsight to know that his behavior during your childhood would keep the lights on in your therapist's home until either you or she hitches a ride on the first thing smoking outta the River Styx.

Anyway, this here is kind of an anti-nostalgia anthem, which quasi-ironically you can return to in perpetuity. All we have is now. Love hard y'all. Until then.

Be kind to yourself, be gentle to others. 😘




Nostalgia will rot your mind away
We must learn to embrace today
Or tomorrow we'll pay

If I do not know you
Don't walk on my grass
I gave you one chance yesterday
You let your dog shit
Then ran away

You may be as tender
As fresh foie gras
That is not for you to say
Things will be done in an orderly way

Damn House of Yesterday
Pissed all my dreams away
Changed me in every single way
Forget me House of Yesterday
Find someone else with whom to play
You lose your bets but never (mal du) pay

If we have not been introduced
Don't speak when we pass
I don't say this to be uncouth
Nor overtly crass
Trying to find my way
On a darkened path
Mr. Misanthropic
With a half full glass


released September 1, 2023


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