Akathisia

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Akathisia is a serious side effect some brain meds can cause - it literally means "inability to sit" and people enduring it have a powerful restlessness that nothing resolves. I've had it a couple times in emerg getting migraine treatments, and it is INTENSE - I almost ripped an IV out of my arm, and the whole time it felt like it was just me, the real me, under no external influence, happening to decide that I couldn't take it any more - until the infusion of the drug causing it stopped and I realized ohhhhhh no, that was just akathisia.

But sometimes too I feel like it's a fantastic word too for the broader range of unfocused restlessness we all feel from time to time. When I want to run but can't, when I'm homesick for travel but can't leave yet, when I know I need something but I can't figure out what. I don't know what I want to do but I can't just sit still. Akathisia.

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G7sus4 G
G7sus4 G
I've got a restless feeling G7sus4 G

My chair is too soft G7sus4
My cup of coffee's G7sus4
Not strong enough G

My shoelaces aren't C Cadd9
long enough G
G7sus4

I've got a restless feeling G G7sus4 G

I want a road G7sus4
That never slows for G7sus4
Destinations G

I want a train without C Cadd9
no station G
G7sus4

I'm wearing out a circle in the hardwood floor Bb G
And staring at the handle of the locked front door Bb G
And I can't remember any more Bb G
What on earth I ever locked it for G7sus4 G
G7sus4
I've got a restless feeling G G7sus4 G

I'm a map with no X G7sus4
I don't have a complex G7sus4
Route in mind G

I just want to walk very fast C Cadd9
in a straight line G
G7sus4
I've got a restless feeling G
I've got a restless feeling G7sus4
I've got a restless feeling G
A restless feeling G7sus4

I'm wearing out a circle in the hardwood floor Bb G
And staring at the handle of the locked front door Bb G
And I can't remember any more Bb G
What on earth I ever locked it for G7sus4 G
G7sus4
A restless feeling G
A restless feeling G7sus4

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from Ye Olde 2015, track released April 11, 2015

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Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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