I buried my heart
in a hole in the ground
with the lights and the roses
and the cowards downtown

They threw me a party
there was no one around
they try to call my girl
but she could not be found

I buried my guilt
in a pit in the sound
with the rust and the vultures
and the trash downtown

So don't step to me, kid
you'll never be found
cause while you were sleeping
I took over your town

(chorus/hook)
When I see a man, I see a liar 2x
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye, of my eye
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye
I want ya

I fell for a girl with
a port-wine stain
I knew her initials
but never her name

I tried and I tried
and I was never the same
so no longer for love
and I'm forever changed

(chorus)
When I see a man, I see a liar 2x
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye, of my eye
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye
I want ya
give up my money, give up my name, take it away
I give it away, I give it away, I give it
when I see a man, I see a liar 2x


When I see a man, I see a liar 2x
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye, of my eye
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye
I want ya
give up my money, give up my name, take it away
I give it away, I give it away, I give it
I'm a sycophantic animal, I'm a sycophant... no, no
I'm a sycophantic, all and all
break through the chain, I break through the chain, I'll break it
I give it away, I give it away, I give it
when I see a man, I see a liar 2x
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye, of my eye
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye,
I want ya
give up my money, give up my name, take it away
I give it away, I give it away, I give it
see you again, I see you again, I see ya
give it away, I give it away, I give it
when I feel low, when I feel low, I feel it

When I see a man, I see a liar 2x
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye, of my eye
you're the apple of my eye, of my eye,
I want ya




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    General CommentDefinitely a portwine stain, not a port-white staim
    justburningon March 20, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis song has driven me bonkers. I don't agree with anything I read about the meaning, even if it's in Rolling Stone. I have a few more years on those bucks, and not everything is about relationships relationships, I'm sick of relationship songs..
    AllyMcNallyon December 30, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationI pondered on this song so hard, I burned out on it.
    1. I used to run around singing " When I see .... I see a liar" because I didn't like ""see a lion" which was the line that came up on Google, lyric sites, yadda yadda.
    Now, it seems the line has changed universally to " see a liar" even though the video shows a lion, and the line is ""see a lion". Very frustrating.
    Another disputed line was "sycophantic animal" as opposed to " sympathetic animal".
    Anyway, I was thinking it had to do with war and military coups.
    "With the lights and the roses and the cowards downtown"
    I guess the White House is well lit(?)
    It has a rose garden
    They call the Senate the offices "downtown" and they are full of cowards.
    "They threw me a party no one around", I was thinking about how the Vietnam vets got no parade in their honor.
    "Tried to call my girl, could not be found"
    She left him, probably protesting, because soldiers in Vietnam were hated by America.
    "Rust, vultures, trash downtown"
    Wash DC again but this time we as a nation are not innocents as to the agenda of politicians and their reasonings for war and invasions.
    "Don't step to me kid, you'll never be found, cuz while you were sleeping I took over your town"
    Desert Storm(?)
    CIA(?)
    Then the "buried my heart", " buried my guilt"
    The politicians become the "sin-eaters" for the atrocities of war(?)

    That's all folks. IDK, I just hope songs are not "simple simon says". I put alot of brain power into deciphering meanings.
    AllyMcNallyon December 30, 2017   Link

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