"The Act We Act" as written by and Bob Mould....
I'm watching you walk
As you walk that distant way
Take that thing away from me
Take away most everything
I couldn't say I'd blame you
You should never look in back
You wouldn't be to blame
If you couldn't take it back

Hours slipping by as you watch
The worlds collide
Now you're nothing more
Than another passerby
The dark it turns to light
In a distant flash of night
Rolling with the tide I confide
The act we wear it thin again

If affection holds you back
Then what is left to hold
If I could find the answer to that
Question then I'd know
The thoughts that
Clutter up your mind
And leave me feeling drained
And walking pacing up the walls
Across the floor again

All the things I haven't seen
Once the final curtain has been raised
The act we act is wearing thin
The act we act we under my skin
The words the words we said goodbye
The words left choking in my mind
The act we act is wearing thin
I think we wear it out again

Another big explosion
Leaving you hoping
That something that once
Held you down
Could leave you feeling
On the ground

The confusion that persists
Decisions that you guessed
The one to stay and watch this
The one you might have missed

All the things I haven't seen
Once the final curtain has been raised
The act we act is wearing thin
The act we act we under my skin
The words the words we said goodbye
The words left choking in my mind
The act we act is wearing thin
I think we wear it out again
The act we act we under my skin
The act we act we under my

Forming a conclusion
And you're left standing


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"The Act We Act" as written by Bob Mould

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    General CommentI knew I was going to love this album when it opened with that guitar sound.
    The guitar solo rips along nicely too.
    elwyn5150on April 18, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationSong about when a relationship is so obviously over but both parties won't admit it, acting like nothing's wrong. Stop the pretence and go your separate ways.
    fuzzypiggyon August 01, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a great song. Amazing opener to Copper Blue. The lyrics are far more thoughtful than I ever realized. The guitar was always the hook for me, but this is Bob Mould at some of his best.
    thereadletteron January 31, 2016   Link

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