Did I mention he was dreaming
When the Devil came to town
I was awoken by the screaming
But nobody heard a sound
And the lies we tell at breakfast
Won’t match the lies we share for lunch
And the lies we serve for dinner, they’re the tallest of the bunch, yeah

Did I mention he was cold
When he finally lost control, of the ghost
And the epilogue I dreaded
Now seems likely to console
And I’m still not understanding
The things he did before he left
But the one thing that will haunt me
Is right before his final breath, when he said...

“Oh they broke me down
Yeah they broke me down
So I can’t be your saint you see
‘Cause I won’t be hangin ‘round”
And they broke him down
Yeah they broke him down
So I stood there and I held my breath
‘Cause I knew that it wouldn’t be long till they broke me down

And no one holds a grudge dear like I do
I see it through
And you may not remember
It was nothing much at the time, but I kept it bottled inside

Oh, and we all know how that goes
I’ve given up on letting go
So here we are
With nothing left dear
And now you’ve left here
And I was last to know

Holy smokes
Some say he’d given up the ghost but he wouldn’t do that
I think he’s hiding in the background
Of his favorite photographs
And he’s living as a beggar
Or maybe a millionaire
But the one thing that I’m sure of
Is he felt some comfort there
That’s fair, because they broke him down

Oh they broke him down
So he can’t be my saint no more
He won’t be hanging around
Oh no....

And they broke him down, yeah they broke him down
He said, “I can’t be your saint no more, ‘cause I won’t be hanging around”
And they broke him down
Yeah they broke him down
So I stood there and I held my breath
‘Cause I knew that it wouldn’t be long before they broke me down


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