An Ode to Friendship

Ingbert Schmidt, borrowing from Janis Joplin

I wrote this a while ago, as a thank-you present to some of my really good friends. As you may have figured out from the rest of my website, I am an academic. The greatest present to an academic is honesty. So I composed these lyrics to be sung to the tune of Janis Joplin's song Mercedes Benz:

I'm glad, that you tell me, when I'm full of shit!
My other friends let me, get away with it.
Worked hard all my lifetime, not to be a twit,
I'm glad, that you tell me, when I'm full of shit!


I'm glad, that you tell me, when I am a fool!
There are times I start to resemble a tool.
Don't need to be smart, don't need to be cool,
but I'm sure, glad you tell me, when I am a fool!


I'm glad, that you tell me, when I am a jerk!
I'm counting on you, friends, please don't stand and smirk.
You show that you care, and face down my irk,
I'm glad, that you tell me, when I am a jerk!


Everybody!
I'm glad, that you tell me, when I'm full of shit!
My other friends let me, get away with it.
Worked hard all my lifetime, not to be a twit,
I'm glad, that you tell me, when I'm full of shit!