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lyrics

I never want to see certain people again
Like the bitch at Becker’s when I was a kid
She’d watch a hole right through me as I arrived at the counter
with carefully selected penny candies
and a signed note to buy cigarettes for my mother

When I was young, I thought fate hung
so carefully in the balance
Throwing trash into a can with
major reservations for good aim
and consequences for missing

Well, regardless, I’m forced to stay
the same to you, dissolved
salt in the tears
You had the most amazing penmanship

All the libraries have heard of you
Rain barrels plot rhythm about you
And still no one has seen you

So we wait out the rain, crammed into tram stalls
Stand beside the lightning from balcony walls
Placid parks lay down and accept it
Unearthed are the ways we could have kept it

I’m sticking with fire because
it means what it does
It says what it means
It hurts to be judged
It tumbles up and floats down stairs
It washes the memory of what was there.

My money wings only spread so far
If I knew where you grew I’d put
a lawn ornament out on your front lawn
saying I miss you, Pink Flamingo

I’d pinch out candles
with wet fingertips
and wish for some more bravery

Well regardless, I’m forced to stay
the same to you, dissolved
salt in the tears
You had the most amazing penmanship

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from Idols In The Dark Heart, released September 9, 2014

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