Right On Red

from by Bird Of Youth

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last night, i fell

ask why and i won't tell

i make no sound

spilled upon such storied ground

this pin-striped man

with his thin light hand

was asking me to dance

i took a breath and i took the chance

a wrong turn, another

someone's thinking of her

this night's not for lovers

it's for slips and others

good friends, questions

the singer not the song

i don't play fair, i just play along

i see better parts of me

but you saw them first, take heed

this leaking pen, this shattered lens

is a sign you've seen the worst in me

the better driver, the bigger fool

you saw more then what the rain
washed off, i knew

what you brought as an afterthought

means our hands can't bear the weight
of a cough

i saw different

lines carved in cement

names on graves and

barn doors and last stands

brothers with no others

to make this life a home

with furrowed brows they spit and moan

too tired to sit we heard a call to arms
up on the highway strip

and through the blinds, they could see,
but it hurt to look

i don't run for trains, i'm too ashamed of
the faces as the doors shut

i'm sad and mad and shook

i see better parts of me

but you saw them first, take heed

these 10-cent actions
are a sign there's nothing left to see

the better driver, the bigger fool

i saw more than what the drinks
washed off, i knew

what you brought as an afterthought

would stain our hands after the rain
had stopped

you say i sleep

but not then, oh don't you see

never tired, a bad liar

i won't take the wheel this night

my map, this path

if you would please cut the lights

what a great summer night


from Defender, released May 24, 2011


tags: rock New York


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