I didn't know what a brute I was
I dipped my cigarette and rode the bus
Vengeance built me hastily
And I drag the clanging notion I was nobody, nobody

All I had was my invention
And my love it fitted on you
Oh, look what thoughts can do
What thoughts can do
If you're not by now dead and buried
You're most certifiably married
Oh, married

I'm sure you're sleeping sound
With a mistress of the hours
The hours that grind your life to dust

Oh, easy loves
You keep lap pets
Denied them you are powerless
Whatever keeps you sleeping through the night

I'm not the man you thought I was
My love has never lived indoors
I had to drag it home by force
Hired hounds at both my wrists
Damp and bruised by stranger's kisses on my lips
But you're the one that I still miss
You're the one that I still miss
And the truth is that it comes as no surprise

I'm not the man you think I am
I'm not the man you think I am

Lyrics submitted by laughing_man, edited by Salvar

Vengeance Is Sleeping Lyrics as written by Paul Rigby Neko Case

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    My InterpretationSo many great interps already, here, but I want to mention what stands out to me: not only is she realizing that she put this person on a pedestal, she's realizing BOTH of them had false impressions/expectations of each other ("not the man you think I am").

    That should be enough to get her over him, but "you're the one that I still miss" means she's still in love even as the illusion crumbles ("ruthless that it comes as no surprise"). And because she's "not the man you think I am," she doubts he even knew how she felt, so the rest of her life she'll wonder what could have been.

    It happens. I remember once, a friend told me the best way to get over an infatuation was to really get to know the person, and the idealized fiction you'd built up would disintegrate. What happens when you find out you're in love with the "real him" too, and then he disappears?
    SirenAsunderon April 11, 2016   Link

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