I changed the locks
But your key, your key's still working
You can't train a moth, I guess
Uh, each beast gets her burden
So we circle this old flame
Too much at stake but too late to change
My nerves are shot, my reserves exhausted
It's a tired plot but we bought it
Now we're lost
Between love and cholera
Saccharine read, such a sentimental novel
Give you cavities if it doesn't drive you to the bottle
As for me, I'll take another kerosene if you got it
Something harder; built like a moth you see
And I still get chills when you talk to me
But the years pass by now in twos and threes
These thrills ain't as cheap as they used to be

If you're asking
I can't say no
Just one more chapter
Our book won't close
And I know it's madness
To play these odds
It's like giving matches
To paper, to paper dolls

(I know it's madness, I know
I know it's madness, I know
I know it's mad)

Uh, tried sweet talk, tried dynamite
But I sleepwalk back to the battle site
Fight fire with fire but the fire won't fight
We just fly these circles like tired kites
And you flash some fang
And I bat my lashes
And we're back again
No end to this game with matches
We've been lovers and strangers and friends who get angry
Made mistakes and amends and brief moments of magic
We forgive and forget and give in to attraction
This whole thing depends on amnesia and magnets
And I'd be leaving for good, I'd be looking for better
But I got this broken habit I keep gluing back together
The fever, the fire, the feathers
The fever defies measure
And good sense won't venture where the moth won't let it

If you're asking
I can't say no
Just one more chapter
Our book won't close
And I know it's madness
To play these odds
It's like giving matches
To paper, to paper dolls

(Just like, just like...
Just like, just like...
Just like giving matches to paper dolls
Just like, just like...
Just like, just like...
Just like giving matches to paper dolls)

If you're asking
I can't say no
Just one more chapter
Our book won't close
And I know it's madness
To play these odds
It's like giving matches
To paper, to paper dolls


Lyrics submitted by hypnoreagan, edited by epark420, sirrice

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    General Commentknowing your totally toxic to one another and the difficultiy to not love someone because your better apart
    stanley0938on May 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised more people haven't been commenting on this song, if only to sing Dessa some praise. She's one of those rare artists that tightropes music and poetry without fall or falter (at the moment I have to think all the way back to the Doors for a fair comparison).

    So yeah, primarily just a pair of lyric-checks in this post:

    1st verse - instead of "look" the word should be '"built" like a moth...' (this plays much better with the rhymes at the close of this verse, and also helps illustrate how some of an individual's qualities are inherent in their nature)
    2nd verse - the final words should be 'the moth "won't let it"' as opposed to "will go"

    Things could be a lot simpler if we knew how to choose who to love and who not to love, but were that the case I doubt we'd ever hear songs this beautiful and live moments so magical.
    KSOfmon May 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLove this song.... Such genius poetry and word play. The whole thing is just amazing. I agree with KSOfm on the lyric changes.
    ryanalbertjohnomaron September 21, 2011   Link

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