Tell me who's to blame for this ink spot, question mark,
Blood-stained sleeves in the parking lot
I've had it since I was twelve and I wear it like hell
Wash it when it gets worn, dirty, tattered, torn
Fell in love with me and wears me with pride
We bathe in ultra tide when I start to feel guilty
And everyone's jealous cause they wish they had it
I'm half a man without it
I'm the king of style
And I'll keep on wearing my marathon shirt
And I'll wear it everyday til it hurts
And I got no lady over her
Confidence-a-plenty in my marathon shirt
Once loaned her to a friend for a party and I worried all
Night like a mother does
And when she returned all wrinkled and helpless, she smelled
Of cheap cigarettes and other drugs
I'd wear her in any season
I'd wear her for any reason
The only promise in my life's that shirt of mine
And day after day, as her colors fade away, I'll remember
What she felt like the first time
Now I've come to lay you down
You can soak into the sound and I'm so elated
She can't be recreated and the water's turning brown
My baby she's no hand-me-down

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Marathon Shirt Lyrics as written by Matt Mahaffey


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    General Commentpossibly, the best song about a tshirt, ever.
    typoon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThere should be awards for best t-shirt song. Having said that, I absolutely agree, it is the best. Until I started to listen to Self, I don't think I've ever heard of any attachment to an article of clothing with levels quite like this.
    Findawayon May 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAnd I never realized I felt that way about my own marathon shirt until Self put my feelings into words.

    Although, I would venture to guess that the follow-up single, "Marathon Under-roos" is not destined to have the same vibe and appreciation as this one. It would also be kinda disgusting.

    but seriously, this is a great song. about a t-shirt.
    SavageMadroxon January 18, 2006   Link

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