when we can't begin
unless it's with an argument
we're losing out on
love for the sake of it

I was thinking we can go and live
in a monastery
throw away the imperatives
make our pockets empty

'cause I'm feeling bankrupt
and I'm losing speed
and I don't want to hold on
to anything

when I misbehaved
to get what I wanted
was that wrong when what I wanted was
love and affection

let's get out
let's get out
let's get out
let's get out

I was thinking we can go and live
in a monastery


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    General Commenti fucking love this song
    no comments? boo.
    ghostson April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've got to admit--this is the sole Rainer Maria song I don't like. I feel bad saying that. It's like I'm obligated to like all of their music. It just irritates me that they made this one shoddy song.
    AnacinCrosson May 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI do like this song. I particularly like the use of "imperatives" from a linguistic point of view :) I think everyone has felt like this at some point -- throwing away the imperatives and making our pockets empty!
    sadiesadieon October 16, 2013   Link

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