Oh, we could blame it on our hands
They lifted the drink to our mouths so we drank it
Or we could blame it on our bodies
They say, we like the way we feel when we get touched
You've got your fingers snared in my veins
I think it's time you pulled them out
And I don't care about the flesh it'll tear
It isn't flesh that I'm worried about

We held a match to keep our sight on the path
But the flame gave up and we lost it
And I've knelt for the last three years
Trying to find it back with the blackened matchstick
Today I'm not afraid of failure
The past is a flower
The future, the snow
I wasn't ever close to perfect
But I never let you go

You let your doubt like a river lead you on and on and on
And you will never get back to save what you had
Hear me promise
I will bury your problems in me
So sleep soundly
I held your heart in my fingers
Now it's gone, it's gone, it's gone and you will never admit
That you bid the wind blow the flames out
And buried the coals in the sea
You tricked me

You came back and you brought floods
Wearing a necklace made of hearts that you'd dragged through the mud
And I guess I wasn't quite sure what to say to you
But then I saw mine, almost reached out to grab it
Said, darling, you're the only one on earth I want to have it
But now I'm not so sure that was true
After the hell you put it through
But there was no sharp pain this time
Just the ghost of your presence compressing my chest like a vine
An unshakable absensce
Like most of my insides crawled out of my mouth and went west
But that's fine
We cast our hearts in plaster
We imagined our bodies were fashioned of stone
But they chipped at the brick and the mortar
We found out that we're only layers of skin hiding bone
And our bones are like chains, old and rusted in the rain
They're going to snap when the weight shifts

You moved like a fire through the forest
Your hands were as red as the skin on your lips
You'd been flirting with distance, princess
I tasted its spit in your kiss
Oh mistress, know
Today I will bury the flames of your failure
The past is a liar
The future, a whore
I'll lay your bones into the earth and you will haunt my head no more
Oh, we could blame it on our hands
Oh, we could blame it on our hands
But it was our mouths that opened up to swallow
(Oh, we could blame it on our hands)
And our heads that commanded us drink
But as I buried your flames in the dirt
I watched the smoke pull your ghost from the grave
And I fear they'll only lie in wait
Until we are face to face again
Just when I said, I'm moving, I'm moving on
I felt them come to life again and again and again and again

There are fires
That tear through valleys and make dust from grass
There are fires
There are wires
Bound in blue light, they pull us to the past
There are wires
We are tired
We should have known from the start that this thing wouldn't last
We are tired

Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11, edited by ChipperSpiff, TheGianaJinx, 8bitsinger

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    My InterpretationThis has to be one of my favorite La Dispute songs. Its obviously talking about a relationship, that was based off alcohol, physical contact, and his strong attraction towards her, but she used him. I think its about his realization of how badly she had him whipped. “you’ve got your fingers snared in my veins I think its time you bulled them out, and I don’t care about the flesh it’ll tear it isn’t flesh that I’m worried about” makes that apparent, and the fact that he just wants separation, a clean break if you will, even though he knows its gonna hurt. And again she tries to come back to him, bringing drama of all of the other guys she’s got hooked. “you came back and you brought floods, wearing a necklace made of hearts that you dragged through the mud, and I guess I wasn’t quite sure what to say to you, but then I saw mine almost reached out to grab it, said, darling you’re the only one on earth I want to have it, but now I’m not so sure that was true, after the hell you put it through” so after going through it again he realized how he means just as much to her as every other heart on that necklace. And at the end I think he’s expressing his anger at all the time he wasted on her; but what is most frustrating to him, is just as he thinks he’s moved on, and he’s over it, there she is again, his passion for her refuses to die or be put out, and he’s exhausted by this.
    StarcrossedLover23on July 26, 2010   Link

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