"Holding Down the Laughter" as written by and Kevin Patrick Devine....
Styrofoam cup of mud in my good hand,
Disembodied voice of God in the trash can
Eyes in the ashes, feeling for the future
Sleeping through the steak-out, researching the rumor

My old motor and mattress of memories
First you were embarrassed, but how could you not be
Tangled in teenage mum at the movies
Your voice ran out out of words
It was awkward and homey

Gospel in your belly, they aim a little lower
Back into the bleachers, Spoke as it's owner
Sindicate a sermon you sang from the raptors
Anchors in you pockets, holding down the laughter

Tearing up your mind, your lust and your ego
Slingshot a martyr to speed your libido
Perish grows to jelly, blissful and wasted
Your fish knew I consult them pictures of you naked?

You're complicating your worst mixed messes
You built them burned to bridge
And scattered all your crumbs at the cliff
She wants me, she'll swim for it

Brother, can you spare your arms or your arrows?
Thunder clap's arising, I think that I should
Go home

To the days when, back barns, it melts me
Nineteen-ninety-six and your waiting there to tell me
I didn't die, you dreamt it, you dreamt it
I'm as alive as your backward intentions
Sorry that I tricked you, you had to focus
Put yourself together, clear out, you got this

But for all that effort
The slow burned struggle
I forgot where you live

She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
Remembering

She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
She swept away the clues from the cliff, your lost now
Remembering


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"Holding Down the Laughter" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine

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    Lyric CorrectionI took this off Kevin Devine's Facebook page, in a post called 5.19.10, for what it's worth.

    Styrofoam cup of mud in my good hand
    Disembodied voice of God in the trash can
    Eyes in the ashes, feeling for the future
    Sleeping through the stake out, researching the rumor
    A mile, a motor, a mattress, a memory
    At first you were embarrassed
    But how could you not be?
    Tangled and teenaged, her mom at the movies
    Your voice ran out of words
    It was awkward and holy

    The gospel in your belly
    The ache a little lower
    Back into the breach
    You spoke as its owner
    A syndicated sermon you sang from the rafters
    An anchor in your pocket
    Holding down the laughter
    Tearing up your mind
    Your lust and your ego
    A screenshot reminder to speed your libido
    The parish goes to jelly
    Blissful and wasted
    Your Vishnu eye slips open
    And pictures them naked

    In complicating your worst mixed message
    You built then burnt a bridge
    Then scattered all your crumbs at the cliff
    "If she wants me, she'll swim for it"

    Brother, can you spare your alms or your arrows
    The thunderclaps are rising and I think that I should go home
    To the basement back on Jumel Street
    1996 and you're waiting there to tell me
    "I never died - you dreamt it, you dreamt it
    I am as alive as your best good intentions
    I'm sorry that I tricked you but you had to focus
    Put yourself together and clear out the garbage"

    But for all that effort
    That slow burn struggle
    You forgot where you lived
    She swept away the clues from the cliff
    You're lost now
    Remember it
    She swept away the clues from the cliff
    So you're lost
    Now, remember it.
    gatorajon October 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about sex, family, death and redemption
    ericwestvalon October 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentfeels like a song about being an artist, getting lost in your own self-worth and arrogance, then having it slap you in the face whilst you struggle to get back what you originally wanted to be
    orazokion October 23, 2010   Link

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