SO
you wanted
that's what you get
for wanting

you got it
that's what you get for getting

forgotten
you're gardening
a rotting bed
of Reagan era icons
SO
let's start it
Let's start it from the minute
you felt it
You felt it like a prison

a panic
you felt it like that coffee scene
from Moscow on the Hudson
SO
be honest
it's not as if you're
happy about it
it's not as if
you're animatronic
it's not as if you couldn't
cry out any time you wanted

olly olly oxen free
all the people you will never be
olly olly oxen free
olly olly olly olly
olly olly olly olly

fate

you call it
you color it
the color you want it
you carpet it

that's awful convenient
you paint yourself a nice
white room with
stripes & matching curtains
SO

you forfeit
you cannot build
a river across it
you cannot hold your own heart
hostage
you do not have
the strength to
gag yourself in every closet

the wrong place wrong mind
timing's always bad
you're such a sad case
misplaced renaissance
inventor of a world wide

heartbreak taking it in stride
cos you're an expert
aren't you
aren't you just a dime a dozen
murderous monosyllabic
moron with no
sense of purpose

working on your songs all night
to justify your worthlessness

to anyone who's watching if
they only saw your alter ego

pretty in the shop windows
where you got auctioned hours
ago

olly olly oxen free
all the people you will never be
olly olly oxen free
olly olly olly olly
higher than the kingpin

see no evil hear no evil
capture me and throw the key
see no evil hear no evil
capture me and throw the key
away
throw the key away

SO

it's over
you're lying in a coffin
of clutter
your father and your sister
your drummer
are sorting through your
soft cell tapes
and lifesaver collection
and you wonder
you wonder if you
could've done better
you wonder if you
should've surrendered
before you learned that
nobody actually wants
a fucking martyr

didn't you didn't you didn't
didn't you see
didn't you didn't you didn't
didn't you see
didn't you didn't you you didn't
you didn't see me
didn't you didn't you you didn't
you didn't see me

olly olly oxen free
all the people you will never be
olly olly oxen free
olly olly olly olly
higher than the kingpin

see no evil hear no evil
capture me and throw the key
see no evil hear no evil
capture me and throw the key
away
throw the key away
THROW THE KEY AWAY


Lyrics submitted by melismatan, edited by SomeBoys

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