And so you say I’ve been away
But I’ve been thinking of ways to stay
Cause see, this town, it leaves me broken
Hopeless, but devoted
And so I stand on city corners
As days grow long and nights grow colder
Armed with a heavy heart and knocked by cold shoulders

I feel I am ankle deep in the middle of the water
The icy cold takes away my breath
And leaves me gasping and choked for air
Knowing I’m out of my depth
Ankle deep in the middle of the water
The creeping cold makes its way to my chest
That hollow space that never seems to function
Except to pump the blood to my face
In times of crisis and opportunity
And when even my body is putting up boundaries
How can I expect to be free?

So you say I’ve been away
But I’ve been thinking of ways to stay
’Cause see, this town, it leaves me broken
Hopeless, but devoted

Ankle deep in the middle of the water
The creeping cold makes its way to my chest
That hollow space that never seems to function
Except to pump the blood to my face
And I feel the heat, and it burns my skin
And I feel the water, and I let it in
And when even my body is putting up boundaries
How can I expect to be free

So you say I’ve been away
But I’ve been thinking of ways to stay
’Cause see, this town, it leaves me broken
Hopeless, but devoted

This town that I loved so well
Has turned its back on me, I can tell
And when the silence sinks, I hope you think of me
And everything that we could’ve been
This town that I loved so well
Has turned its back on me, I can tell
And if I leave this town
It won’t remember me
And if I leave this town
I know I’ll take it with me

So you say I’ve been away
But I’ve been thinking of ways to stay
’Cause see, this town, it leaves me broken
Hopeless, but devoted


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