The sputtering blink of the street lamp
Makes you taller, then shrinks you, then splits you in half
So you're trailing yourself on your walk to the pay phone
Your pockets weighted down with quarters and the hope that no one's home
You spray paint cinnamon on vines and key the cars you pass by
Your ears burn and your voice don't sound right

So you spend the next week playing weakened
Rolling three men alone in the dark of your kitchen
Your apartment can't talk so it's safe for your secrets
All the stories you've invested with a masochist, menacing meaning
Those tired tricks that you play to graph the life to your name
And you know it's not yours but for now it's okay

You wake and cut your initials in cheap glass
To mark a space for yourself when your time here has passed
When you're drifted and done, trading danger for distance
All those rocks that rope your neck are finally nameless and weightless and faceless
And you strip the sting from the stains that bleed the life from your face
Your cheeks will burn red on a pure perfect day

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"You're Trailing Yourself" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine

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    General Commentit's "rolling three man" three man is a drinking game played with dice
    splitintwoon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis might be my favorite off of put your ghost to rest. it just has this calming effect on me.
    laundry lowson July 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti wonder who is doing the back up vocals in the last part.
    amandaaaaon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"you spraypaint cinnamon on vines" that reminds me of the spray shit they use for fake christmas trees. or cinnamon could refer to the color of a can of spraypaint?
    shejustwantstorockon October 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm not going to lie, i haven't completely figured out the meaning of this one. but that's what makes music beautiful really, all that matters is that it's a great sound and he is a ridiculous lyricist.
    kevindevineluvahon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know why I always think of this but everytime I hear this I think of a girl and she has been with this guy for a while and she finds out he has a family and children, (The first verse is her being really mad and keying his car and contemplating calling him or something like that... After that happens a few weeks later her life is falling apart and Kevin is her friend telling her how she is now and what will happen

    Basically, I think its about losing your self... (but thats what I think about most of the songs on this CD)
    andrew813on April 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentas far as backup vocals go, i'm going to go ahead and say it was just someone he pulled into the studio haha
    groundfloweron April 20, 2008   Link

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