Taken by the Heel

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god was a black smudge on the white paint
of the rooftop where we sat
a dirty fingerprint not wiped away
but left there & forgotten about
me & my brother don't drink water
we don't breathe in oxygen
yet we talk & talk & talk
we talk

i am my father, i am my father
in the cold outside the bar
no angel tongue, no small white dog
to take me up where you were sitting
i see a worry in your eyes
"hold on to your birthright"
i don't need it anymore
on swollen tongues our words are lost
we're lost

where did you get the idea
i still owed you anything of mine
this old guitar couldn't be worth more
than maybe a couple hundred dollars
& you, you were merely a castle i built
from the sand, all wrought with fear & self-deprecation
the waves will ruin when they come
they come, they come

& i don't know what it is that keeps me waking
i don't know what it is
& i don't know where you went when you went driving
i don't know what it is

oh my god

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from You, the Devil, & Me EP, released September 11, 2010

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