I have a palm full of blood
and another facing forward
I am a prophet in this flood
dissecting devils for the cure
we stripped our sheets down to the skin
put our pillows in the ditches
lost all of our feathers in the wind
and held each other for the heat

but august was never far behind
we shoveled in what was left

follow faster past the gate
I'll give the wolves my scent
I'm better off here in this wasteland
I'm better off without my weight
I need these nails for kneeling
tell me you understand
bent by the rail & screaming
darling, hide what's in your hands

all this will fall onto the ground
ruins for the reptiles
litter for the holy ghost
mysteries for the dogs to make their own

we skipped our ceremonies
brass belts for discipline
and funeral rites that we knew to write
before the shame engulfed us: oceans wailing
fighting off the motions
saving lonely nickels for our suffering bones & breath
like hurricanes on islands sinking
drowning out the foliage
we hid behind in a better time
time is all I've got & it's so hard to gain
I think I'm losing my restrain
before I never trembled in your presence
presents for our anniversary
take this curse from me
make it hurt her, please
put your curse on me
take these words from me
anniversary


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Ruins (Anniversary) song meanings
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