"you'll only end up joining them" as written by and Kevin Patrick Devine....
Tonight I'm posed and popping like a peacock
I'm pressing flesh, I'm smiling big, my spinning head sings "Stop, just stop"
Cause what used to calm me down
Just rips my life to ribbons now
So I keep smiling, I find my window and quick cut out

These days my hangman's hunger makes my gut kick
My sleeping mind, could map it blind
A flask, a key, a bag, a fifth
I try to will myself away
While shouting habits plead their case
So when the sun sears through my eyes
My beggar's brain can't compromise
I splash cold water, I draw the curtains, I stay inside

And I can't say that it's a sickness, more like a stranger I ask in
And later realize, was a strangler
Slipping nooses in my den
But I was lonely so I asked him, "Would you tie that one on me?"
It wasn't his fault, I was eager, and I was weak

So as I inch towards resolution
Yea I'm not sure which life feels right
A narrow noose or the wading water
The hanging head, sore open eyes
I know my brother he went one way
And at the fork I heard him say
"Don't you follow, don't go making my mistakes"
And I realized what he meant
Don't kill yourself to raise the dead
It never works you'll only end up joining them



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"You'll Only End Up Joining Them" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine

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  • +1
    General Commenti saw him live the other day and he said it was about his brother, michael, who died of aids.
    littlehouse1823on January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"was a strangler slipping nooses in my den"?
    maybe. that's what i hear.
    laundry lowson June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with the above comment.
    i hear, "den" as well.
    devinelynewon July 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso.. i'm pretty sure "bleed" is really "plead"...
    "i try to will myself away while shouting habits *plead their case."
    devinelynewon July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat's a bag of fifth in reference to? i figure it has something to do with drugs/alcohol, i've just never heard it before.
    laundry lowson July 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm assuming a paperbag with a fifth in it. 1/5 of a gallon of hard liquor.
    charcoalsketchon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentor... i think a bag of fifth is also the name of a mixed drink you'd get at a bar.
    charcoalsketchon August 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'd say he says "a flask, a key, a bag, a fifth" a bag being a baggie of coke, and a fifth of alcohol
    splitintwoon August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with splitintwo although "a bag" could also be a reference to pot (nickel or dime bag).

    This album is soooooo good.
    pretorbenon October 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's a great b-side version of this song here:
    ashinynewmachine.wordpress.com/2006/10/28/kevin-devine-covers-pedro-the-lion/
    ConsciousPiloton October 28, 2006   Link

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