In a dark room
Where you shot your last roll
And the color blurred
And honey, can't you see
How you drove me from your dark room
Into hers?
This little tragedy we have rehearsed
Every morning I wake up there
Feeling worse
But it's ending soon
Love won't last the afternoon

In a strange bed
Where I'm laid out like a man in a hearse
And she comes to me
Because she believes it's not too late for a nurse
While she's licking all my wounds
I dare not move
Like there's still some old fidelity to prove
Or something more to ruin
Love won't last the afternoon

But please don't wake me yet
From my bad little dream
I'm a king with all my prophets
But I don't want to go to sleep
'Cause when I tell them what I see
They're gonna tell me what it means
And I don't want to know
How you do on your own

In the back of some car
Could you drop me down the road a hundred blocks or so?
And please forgive me
I haven't welcomed any morning
Since I left her home
When you take a face
And head into a day
And from a speeding window watch the sky turn grey
And hide the moon
Love won't last the afternoon

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    General CommentThis is a cynical song about love that is one of my favorite David Poe songs. The affair described here seems to involve a photographer becasue she's in a "dark room" and "shot her last roll." Or maybe that's just a double entendre. David Poe tends to drop in some references to The Bible, and the bit about the king with the prophets who doesn't want to understand his dreams seems like a reference to the story of Daniel in the Old Testament. Also David's a New Yorker so I'll bet the "hundred blocks" he mentions in the last verse has something to do from going uptown to doentown or vice versa. what an amazing song!
    Mockstaron March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat I always loved about this song is the moral confusion the character in the song seems to feel. He knows what he's doing is wrong, he feels guilty, even asks to be forgiven for it, but at the same time he keeps the affair going. The promise of ending it carries throughout the song, but it's always some vague future proclamation: "But it's ending soon/Love won't last the afternoon." And he even explicitly blames the person he's cheating on for driving him to do it! A surprisingly complex little character study for a four minute song.
    polkablueson March 14, 2005   Link

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