Ophelia, bear with me - I'm not quite myself
I've run off all the edges, and ruined my health
My head is on backwards, controlled by the fist
Of some drunken, miserable ventriloquist
Ophelia, bear with me, I'm talking in rhyme
I know that you think about me all the time
So how's it all going, it's a long time no see
Y'know, I'm just as glad as a sane man could be

Ophelia, bear with me, I'm grasping for pennies
This phone box is spinning and I can't find the words

Ophelia, forgive me, I'm riddled with shame
Since you last knew me I've not been the same
I drink when I'm lonesome, I laugh when I'm sad
Please talk to my mother, she thinks I've gone mad
Ophelia, forgive me, I've blinded my eyes
To the whetstone of love that has sharpened these lies
But I kept all your tears, and they focus my sight
When I cry them all back to myself in the night

Ophelia, forgive me, I'm grasping for memories
My mind is on fire and you are the only one

Ophelia, release me, I'm starting to fade
& soon I'll collapse in a crumpled cascade
I know that it's late now, I hope you're awake
I hope I've not taken up all of your tape
Ophelia, release me, I've injured my soul
In a childish attempt to relinquish control
I thought we'd have all of the time in the world
I guess I'm just no good for an innocent girl

Ophelia, forgive me, I'm trying to speak out
For all us poor bastards who've got it all wrong
Ophelia, release me, I've run out of pennies
My mind is on fire and now I must be gone


from Night of a Thousand Crimes, released February 12, 2014



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