big boat caught in my throat
it's the deck hand hitting the wrong notes
came to with a pain in my gut again
I cut it open wide, took out a box
inside the box there was a beat keeping time
is it a crime to pass the blame
if every time the punishment is the same?
life is a loose tooth leaving your mouth
so get it out get it out
dig that ditch
ditch that dirt
it's just a body now
pick me up so I can fall back down again
decending into vertigo
if it's a crime they'll hang me every time
I tried to offer up a reason why
I tried, my dear, to set things straight
I fear that I was too late to be cleared of the crime
I ust missed a slap on the wrist,
a key witness to the stand
but the jury's out creeping about & I am a guilty man
and the cyst is growing into this
so I drowned in the boat I choked down
and the captain remained proud
looked down, seeing the ground getting closer to me
and now the ground is coming up my sleeves
pick me up so I can fall back down again
descending into vertigo
if it's a crime they'll hang me every time
I tried to offer up a reason why
I tried, my dear, to set things straight
I fear that I was too late to be cleared of the crime
if it's a crime, they'll hang me every time
I tried to set things straight
I fear that I was too late to be cleared of the crime


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    General CommentMaybe i'm looking into it too literally, but i think it's a song about suicide.
    Also the chorus with the title line, sounds fairly similar to Renaud on Return to the Sea, which makes me wonder if the two songs are meant to be related.
    kittenchowmeinon October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how Nick feeling defeated about being continuously blamed and asked about the Unicorns's break up. He can't win, they just keep kicking him while he's down "if its a crime, they'll hang me every time".
    clairegeniuson November 13, 2009   Link

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