I went out and I found the house where my old hometown
lived and lay down, and I broke through the window, a rag
wrapped around my right hand. And I snuck up the stairs
in the night, each familiar and friendly old flight, until I
found the room that my hometown lay sleeping in. And I
crawled into that bed, and I listened to each even breath,
and whispered, "What did you mean? Did you speak to
me? What did you say? Do the secrets I dreamed mean a
thing that I dreamed them that way? Don't leave me
again."

I got caught as a cold little kid, with his collar flipped up
in mid-day. In a basement my broken-wrist friend and I
faded away. There's a gunpowder whiff in the wind off a
crumbling cliff, where the waves are filling with children,
gay smiles in the silver and spray. Down the linden in the
lane float the feelers of the flames, as we climb high on a
wind through the gardens and graves, to pick flowers
flung up by old friends as they dream and decay. Can you
open your mouth up to speak? Are you weak? Are you
drained? Do you blaze in one second of time as the rest is
all wiping away? Oh, come on, be my friend and don't
leave me again.

I went out and I found the crown that I had cursed as a kid
and cast down, and I brushed off the bugs and dust and
plopped it up on my head. I went out and chased after
words I had read as a kid, or had heard, and I carved them
up letter by letter. They shivered and bled, until finally
they were dead. And who knows what they might have
meant? And I sat up high in the gloom of my room in the
rain, while the world I had known lay below, going cold,
going grey. I called on my friends: Hey, my friends, do
you hear me? Do you feel the same? Can you all assemble
for me, take my lead, and leap into the waves? Oh -- my
aging old friends, I just noticed your skin, and your old,
shaking hands, and your cold veil of mist. I'm singing
from where I stand, whipped by late winter wind, "Don't
leave me again."


Lyrics submitted by Kozumou

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