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like a fool:

i dreamt you chased down the car
waving a sign that made no sense
i drifted in and out
i read the sign out loud

like a fool

i held the letter stuck
on the end
of a stick over the pool
and you dove in after trusting me
trusting me

like a fool

the first part:

so this is the first part
we're drunk and the selfless relentless caresses
how long must the first part last
before we make our respective messes?

well all the clocks wound down
well all the clocks wound down
and all the doors thrown open

chorus
one good minute could last me a whole year
one good minute will last me a whole year
well it's a delicate line
we draw it in pink
we draw it in white
so take your time with it
yeah take your time

i have remembered these things before
whispered phrases and emotions

I know that they will only
I know that they will only haunt me

chorus

water wings

in the crowd
the crowd spreads out
takes out its glasses
?? pulls out arrows ??

the fires in full
they form a net
they drain their cups
and wait expectantly for their hero to blow up

chorus
she pointed at the black cloud in the sky
said that's what happens when you're leaning to fly
she said those wings are just a disguise
and you cannot make me cry
she pointed at the black cloud in the sky
yeah that's what happens

was it worth the wait?
is that the wall where you marked off the date?

wood, the wings
made of wax
made of water
he was too dumb to accept the offer
he was too smart

step on in to the leather
fire it up
pull out the feathers, one by one
as he got closer to the sun

chorus

she pointed at the black cloud in the sky
she said with you it is no use
why do you try?

driveway to driveway:

i still have briars in my clothes
did i lay you down in those?
the names on the stones were all erased
and i thought it was you that i had chased

chorus
driveway to driveway drunk
i don't remember this too well
glad i have the scrapes to prove
prove it was me who fell
and the names were all we knew
and the names were all erased

from stage to stage we flew
a drink in every hand
my hand on your heart had been replaced
and i thought it was you that i had chased

chorus

saving my ticket

wipes a little space at the window
still can't see too well
and he spits into his hand
not for luck anymore
not for luck anymore

chorus
plan to fill it in
empty my spirit over anyway
all the bets are in
i'm saving my ticket for then
i'm saving my ticket for then

always expecting the worst
my mouth cracked open spit out a curse
well timed and well rehearsed
and that's no suprise
and that's no suprise

chorus

they rock back and forth on their heels
he cuts, she deals
they're not comfortable with how this feels
no matter now
no matter now

chours

kicked in

I wish the nights were warm again this month
We could stay up all night
Occupy the porch on the front
Of the house where we might
Always forget to replace the bulb in the glass
Rectangular vase
The light on the street flickers on throught the trees
And I can see your face

chorus
Kicked in and dark inside
Lit below and burning white
Kicked in and left unhooked
Folded, found and kept alive

Well I've never had one of these before
And it's stronger than I thought
Someone put the glass in my hand and
Romanced by the shape it was
He said rocket fuel is the key
He called it clear and hard
and it wipes me out
and it warms me up
well i hope so
cause it's bitter cold

chorus

why do you have to put a date on everything

you've got your muscles in one big knot
well mine are just loosening
you used to cut me up inside
i won't let you do it again

make sure the friend catches the first time
make sure the friend catches the first time

chorus
why do you have to put a date on everything?
can't you just strike the bell to hear it ring
thought that your skin would crack, it's just wrinkling
why do you have to put a date on everything?

you think that something is turning?
well it's not spoiled cause i tried it once
and if it's all the same to you at this point
you keep your face and i'll keep the rest

chorus

without blinking

we kicked over every table
?? the last piece behind the bed
took some pictures, held them by the edges
folded every one so they could not be read

folded all the pictures and the drawings
so they would not know what went on
subtracted all the good stuff from the bad
so they would not know what went wrong

chorus
did you really do this without thinking?
or was there some concentration at work?
cause when you say i'm sorry you were not blinking
you can't pretend to not know how that hurts
you can't pretend to not know now
you can't pretend to not know now
you can't pretend to not know

and even when the scenery looks good
must you stare down at the floor?
you say ?? you will not ??
and i could want nothing more

but i will not mark the time
no i just can't start the count
dig up graves that ??
so i'll meet you when you come down

chorus

someone's biting the hook at both ends
someone's biting the hook ?? now

keeping track

all of this is so exhausting
but i don't want it to stop
rubber ring around my neck
lead me in circles till i drop

the sound of change beneath the grating
pull a string, a magnet through
keep track how much this is costing
i'll give it back to you

are you keeping track?
are you keeping, keeping track?

can you let the rope down slowly
when you drop it to the dirt?
can you pull the blanket over
and make this hole not hurt?

chorus
are you keeping track?
cause i am not

all of this is so exhausting
and i am ready for it to stop
all of this has been exhausting
and i am ready

chorus

revelations

so you left me in this disarray
what am i supposed to say
on the pile of blankets and pictures and ??
i can never see the same way again

chorus
i need a second alone
you've stolen my call
i thought you'd cut your teeth
but you already need release
that didn't take you too long

one night, i know
but i can't get this out of my head
the someone ?? the bed
?? kicked me ??
these revelations mean nothing
but you make them stick

chorus

does it hurt ?? to know
that you meant to keep what you gave away?

stretched out

let's not count the last column of beads
you promised me i'd pass
then you present me with
these letters all in code
you never taught me how to read

chorus
and it's true i have no use
but instead i have a clue
and it's stretching out my skin
so i leave it to you again

well all your spinning numbers
only cross my eyes
and if this record's stuck
i guess that i don't take the prize this time

chorus

in a stage whisper

don't you sometimes feel someone cares
knowing you for the particulars of your own life?
who held still as you walked into the knife?
did you notice the face she was wearing
as she stepped into the light?

everyone wants their own piece of the pain
a lock of hair
take out your clippers
tell it in a stage whisper

sometimes you wonder
how many sneaking fools have your number
is it safe to move in?
everyone is watching

you're a poster boy or girl
for a long hot summer
inches give way to miles
paint a target on your chest
to make it easy for the hunters

everyone enjoys a piece of the pain
a lock of hair
pull out your clippers
tell it in a stage whisper