They deployed the cameras, and the world turned kind
It's easy to be a saint when you got them judging all the time
They wore their masks for hiding, we wore our own for showing
And at 12:01 on New Year's morning, by God, it started snowing

Remember when we weren't thinking, honey,
Of consequences, of hidden fences, but everything but?

They hid the truth until the truth turned pretty, then told it every chance they got
Like playing cards at a filthy bar where the frescoes tell of Camelot
They studied dictionaries while we read obituaries
Severed tales of ups and downs, neighbors we never cared about

Remember when we were jaded, honey?
We moved like distant globes, and we always came around

They found one face-down in the gutter with whiskey in his veins
He slept for days and days and days until they tucked him in to stay
With discount ink on ragged paper, creased up at the fold
We wrote a letter with bloody prints, he was more than 54 years old

Remember when we were outraged, honey?
We'd pull the car into a parking lot and sort things out

A flutter in the eye of the stranger in the casket
As the sound of youth jingled around the room
It mocked our civil decency, and sent us back home thinking
About forgetting all our deadlines, at least for a day or two

But we returned to yelling mindless insults sealed by rubber grips
And we plotted the death of the man across the hall
We dulled our senses and forced pretension, cursing petty things
But sharpened words spoken out of turn did nothing to the government

Remember when we were drifting, honey,
Away from walks and dismal talks about who was better off?

Remember when we were happy, honey?
Neither do I


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