Is there a sign on the back of my head
that says
desensitized?

Well I'm sorry I said anything.
You sang a song
you then learned to sing
and said that you missed the songs you sang
before you learned anything.

In a fishbowl on the beach,
I know the salty water stings,
but it's not hard to see
from a bowl the world's out of reach.

I see my face in the lake at the end of a pier.
All the fish seem to wonder what I'm doing here,
when I hold my head under and hear them all scoff.
I just open up my mouth and let my mind jump off.

It says there's a sign at the end of this swamp
that says destruct, it's fucked it's done it's just mud,
no such dumb luck.
Construct new huts,
blind new kinds of ducks
then make them occupy new titles
like on the royal aisle,
where they print up a phone book
as thick as a bible.

You were baptized in a river,
I was thrown off a bridge.
Then I landed on a crab you slept with seahorses.
I started having seizures, you started having kids.
You found your inner self, I found my inner fish.

And my other car is a boat, it has a boat name.
I thought we both came, but no.

No such conch, no pontoon, no one is listening to you.
The sun does wonders to your brain the way it burns right through.

I am swimming in a trough,
I'm sure you've written me off by now
but just when I think that all is lost,
I see you stepping in the water.

To me every edge of the lake is a fifty foot cliff
and once you are swimming with me there's no way out of this.
So let's just turn back into amphibians.
Let's just tread until our legs give in.

Let's start over.


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  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThis is a great song, but the lyrics posted aren't quite correct. From girlletsunderstandeachother.wordpress.com/

    Is there a sign on the back of my head that says desensitized? Well I’m sorry I said anything. You sang a song and then learned to sing and said that you missed the songs you sang before you learned anything. In a fishbowl on the beach, I know the salty water stings, but it’s not hard to see from a bowl the world’s out of reach. I see my face in the lake at the end of a pier. All the fish seem to wonder what I’m doing here, when I hold my head under and hear them all scoff. I just open up my mouth and let my mind jump off. It says there’s a sign at the end of this swamp that says destruct, it’s fucked it’s done it’s just mud, no such dumb luck. Construct new huts, blind new kinds of ducks then make them occupy new titles like on the royal aisle, where they print up a phone book as thick as a bible. You were baptized in a river, I was thrown off a bridge. Then I landed on a crab you slept with seahorses. I started having seizures, you started having kids. You found your inner self, I found my inner fish. And my other car is a boat, it has a boat name. I thought we both came, but no. No such conch, no pontoon, no one is listening to you. The sun does wonders to your brain the way it burns right through. I am swimming in a trough, I’m sure you’ve written me off by now but just when I think that all is lost, I see you stepping in the water. To me every edge of the lake is a fifty foot cliff and once you are swimming with me there’s no way out of this. So let’s just turn back into amphibians. Let’s just tread until our legs give in. Let’s start over.
    glueon February 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI always thought it was "royal isle", as in island. Goes more toward the water theme of the song. Plus, there's Isle Royale in Michigan. May be a connection there?
    bocmaximaon January 28, 2011   Link

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