I am looking and I know
that’s not a skyline that I see
it’s just a chemical reaction
between my brain and my beliefs

but the rattle of that subway
has shaken something loose in me
so the details come out blinding
and uncertain, as my handwriting

This is a test
of emergency systems
your troubles are real
cuz you spend your time with them
and you say you did your best
but your best is all too human
don't you see, it's time to say
I think we need a break

so I hide in darker corners
where I’m simple & reserved
I tie my double winsor
and I recite the things i’ve heard

Oh, I sit alone on sundays
a-prostrate on my knees
and I ask for absolution
from this dissonance to my own major C

it's a test
of emergency systems
your troubles are real
cuz you spend your time with them
and you say you did your best
but your best is all too human
don't you see, it's time to say
I think we need a break

I think I need a break
how long's it gonna take
for me to know?

Now our freedom's in a jar
they have it hidden on the shelf
'til the king, he grabs a straw
and how he drinks to daddy's health

Oh, I'm wary and I know
it’s not a hardback mystery
close your eyes and abide
and the world supplies the stuff we learn to need

it's a test
of emergency systems
your troubles are real
cuz you spend your time with them
and you say you did your best
but your best is all too human
don't you see, it's time to say
I think we need a break
for the test
of emergency systems
your troubles are real
cuz you spend your time with them
and you say you did your best
but your best is all too human
don't you see, it's time to say
I think I need a break


Lyrics submitted by tristanrichards

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