You live your life painting by numbers from one to five
Figures outlined, neatly outlined

But those you try so hard to control will step out of life
Because nothing in life is so clearly defined

Know that I've tried to play by your rules
I've smiled Mona Lisa to your Leonardo
You colored me red, though i'm feeling blue
Alone in your bed waiting for you

You brush aside, all sign of emotion never denied
No clouds in your sky, no waves on your ocean
You know that I've tried to play by your rules
You played the king and I played the fool

You painted my heart, the likeness so true
So why did your pen have to tear it in two

You live your life, painting by numbers from one to five
Figures outlined neatly outlined

But as the years go by
Your colors will run and fade into nothing
And one day you'll find that your life has run dry


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