I have spent all my energy
Collecting souvenirs that I can't keep
I've got no place for them
And besides my life's a mess
I have spent the last few months
In a semi-constant state of anger
Bitterness and self-disgust

So don't tell me my just desserts
Are waiting when I die
Banking on eternity
Is no way to live your life

I’m running towards what I need
But there are tail lights in front of me
I am running from what I know
There is no place left for me to go

So I wander like the ancestors that I've forsaken
Where is my respect?
If my great-great grandparents had only known
That their great-great grandson
Would end up turning people into stone
Do you think they'd have set a fucking foot onto that boat?
I don't, I don't

So don't tell me my just desserts
Are waiting when I die
Banking on eternity
Is no way to live your life

And I'm running towards what I need
But there are taillights in front of me
And I am running from what I know
There is no place left for me to go

Don't tell me my just desserts
Are waiting when I die
Banking on eternity
Is no way to live your life

Life is what you make of it
And I am on the verge of something big
I have seen a sinner's life and death
Stuck a finger in god's face and lived
So I tell my story, absent glory
Sacrificial lamb and nervous twitch
I can see myself in celebration
Giving what is finally mine to give



Lyrics submitted by SisterCity

Ellis Island Blues song meanings
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