the reception's gotten fuzzy.
the delicate balance has shifted.
put on your gloves and your black pumps.
let's pretend the fog has lifted.

now you see me.
now you don't.
now you say you love me.
pretty soon you won't.

if we get our full threescore and ten,
we won't pass this way again.
so kiss me with your mouth open.
turn the tires toward the street
and stay sweet.

all the chickens come on home to roost.
plump bodies blotting out the sky.
you know it breaks my heart in half, in half
when I see them trying to fly.

'cause you just can't do
things your body wasn't meant to.
hike up your fishnets.
I know you.

if we live to see the other side of this,
I will remember your kiss.
so do it with your mouth open.
and take your foot off of the brake
for christ's sake.

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    Song Meaning“‘Dilaudid’ is an interesting studio story of the type that I think most people don’t talk out of school and tell. ‘Dilaudid,’ we play it as a trio sometimes, I play it solo a lot, but it was supposed to be rock trio with strings. But the vocal and guitar were recorded live and they weren’t any good because, um... because ‘The Sunset Tree’ was a hard record to make. And I know this is a poor way of describing one’s choices, but I had to drink a fair bit while I was making that record, in the studio, to sort of get loose here and there. And so, consequently, by the end of the evening sometimes, you couldn’t get a good vocal take out of me.”
    embassyrowon December 19, 2012   Link

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