Rap)
She's a latter day saint
But she's a Saturday sinner
Suicide Sunday dessert for weekends drinking her dinner
The worry keeps her slender
The pills keep her awake
Her man can't make her happy but he helps to still the shakes
I met her boyfriend at the bar he said he'd stick to beer
Said I could keep the cocktails, martinis taste like tears
I asked if he would leave her
What with all the grief
He passed the pitcher back to me and asked what I believe
I said virginity is a childhood disease
And these days it seems have interest for the addict thief
Patience for the underdramatic, but brief
There's only four ways to aquire
Anyone who says different is a salesman or a liar
And you can find it, earn it, burn it, make it or steal it
I haven't found a single way to keep it
Cause you can leash it, it'll leave
You can teach it to stay and it'll leave
You can case and display, decay and waste it away
And day by day it leaves you by degrees
He put his hand on my knee, sometimes that's what it takes
He doesn't make me happy but he helps to still the shakes

(Chorus-Sung)
Put all your words away
For all the noise you make
You were always safe
You were always
You were always
You were always safe
With me
Save and see

(Rap)
Congratulations to the dry eyes
Consolations to the nice guys
And condensation's on the underside of everything I touch
I seem to chill the objects that I meant so much to love
A man can keep you sane five-hundred-and-fifty days
A year and a half, give or take an afternoon
We should have sooner left the train but we made it
I guess that makes us the survivors
We're blooming in my brain, I hate it
But it makes the colors brighter
It's like the anesthesia despite the man that leaves ya
Like the sad disease you contracted while sitting boring and bored
Come back with a lab report
Your nervous disorder
Won't leave for richer or poorer

(Sung)
Safe with me
Save and see

(Chorus-Sung)
Put all your words away
For all the noise you make
You were always safe
You were always
You were always
You were always safe
With me

And I'm too polite
To accuse you of being
Where you've been tonight


Lyrics submitted by smskarlett

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    General Comment<3
    danae1012on October 01, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"And I'm too polite/To accuse you of being/Where you've been tonight"
    I love that part, the whole song is awesome!
    smskarletton August 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song uses the same sample from the Ben Kweller song "In Other Words" that Talib Kweli used on Ms. Hill. And I love all three songs.
    danae1012on October 01, 2009   Link
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    Lyric Correction"It's like the anesthesia despite the man that leaves ya"

    I always heard this line as "UP the anesthesia, SPITE the man that leaves ya".

    Also, I just realized that this line: "A man can keep you sane five-hundred-and-fifty days/A year and a half, give or take an afternoon" is a reference to the title: "551". I'm assuming it's about the day a relationship failed? The first verse seems to suggest adultery?
    Shnakepupon April 27, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"There's only four ways to aquire
    Anyone who says different is a salesman or a liar
    And you can find it, earn it, burn it, make it or steal it"

    This is wrong... there are only four ways to acquire, not five:
    "you can find it, earn it, make it, or steal it."
    johnschromon September 16, 2011   Link

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