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carve my songs into your chest
my name into your knuckles
my address to your palms

carve your mantra in your muscles
your ethics in your wrist with all the secrets
you have kept there for so long
so long, so long

but no, I never asked you for that

steady your grip as continents divide
as mountains mighty tumble
as thunder rolls in slow

uptight, uptight
poor boy, a little gumption
the gods you've disappointed have been planning
this redemption for so long
so long, so long

the tumult is coming for you
no matter how fast you run
oh it's boiling in your blood
& I can see through you
believe me, chaos will quickly ensue
each second that you stay
oh this path is a wicked way
but I do wish you would stay, please stay

burn your temples to the ground
your parsonage in shambles
cathedrals up in flames

turn on your tears
and weep for your destruction
the damsels you've left lovesick
will be loud in celebration for so long
when you have gone
oh, when you have gone

but no, I never asked you for that


from Canary in a Coal Mine, released February 28, 2012
Anna Vogelzang: Guitar, Vocals, Ukulele, Handclaps
Anthony da Costa: Guitars
James Frazee: Handclaps, Tambourine
Peter Hess: Clarinet
Franz Nicolay: Accordion
Emily Hope Price: Vocals
Todd Sickafoose: Bass
Brian Viglione: Drums


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