Bottom Shelf

from by Otto Mann

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This song has seen some re-writes, first starting as a break-up song and eventually becoming some self depreciating emo jam. Listen, sometimes some things just need to be said straight out, and no amount of metaphors, similes, alliteration or thesaurus wielding can make a concept and sentence more poignant than "just leave me alone, I don't want to go." This song is social anxiety beginning to middle to end. It's a simple doggy-bag song of the leftover ideas, feelings and thoughts rattling around in my head. That being said, it is not a throw away song. It quickly became my favorite song on the album. I see it as more of a manifesto of ideas pertaining to social anxiety, que-cards, each line stands alone and represents a bigger idea in a bigger speech, each scrap is part of a bigger meal. To me this song is therapeutic like the smiley face pain chart in a hospital, it helps me to identify my problem and take steps to combating it.


There's a villain with a crutch
that's living inside my gut,
and I cant hide the demons
because I'm walking here beside them.
There's no skeletons in my closet
because they're hanging out here with me and you.

It's why I get nervous
when and unknown number calls my phone.
And somehow checking the mail
seems like bad news en-route.
Don't bother making any plans
because I wont see you,
This is who I am.
It's just something I need to work through

Just leave me alone
I don't wanna go.
I waste away in February,
and every thing has never looked so pretty.

Just leave me alone
I don't wanna go.
Our lives are, in a nutshell
a judgement and impression.


from Lousy Weather, released September 10, 2016



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Otto Mann Chicago, Illinois

Vince - Vocals
Nic - Guitar
Tinkey - Drums
Samuel - Bass

What started as two acquaintances just coming together to play a house show, quickly turned into four dudes making music in a crowded dank basement in Chicago. Otto Mann is honest, open hearted, quick to temper and occasionally belligerently gushy. We write music for the kids we used to be and the idiots we've now become. ... more

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