Holland Tunnel

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The Holland Tunnel’s two miles long
Sink into the aviary
Sing another song
And put that sewn-on patch to denim jacket
Coffee cup to sugar packet
Insane feast and beastly racket
Every single time
But when you feel like something’s wrong
Bear in your sweet mind
The sun will shine until it’s gone
And when your lives collide in dull crescendo
Telescope to bedroom window
Nervous knees and anxious elbows
I fell asleep in the backseat
And not for the life of me
Could I remember a time more complete
But I guess things seem more important
When you’re underwater
Disease and disorder seep out to the sea
And you don’t have to believe
Every angry thing everybody says
No, you don’t believe every stupid thing
If every city’s made of clay
Towering scraps of somethings someone someday throws away
It must get hard to keep track of everyone
What their names are, where they come from
RoAtlantAmandaBrooklyn
Gene from Centerline
But I knew a girl who drove a cab
She took polaroids of every boy she’d ever had
And she laid them out on the floor of her bedroom
Resting on scarves soaked in perfume
End to end for all to look through
When it came my time I saw the one of me
One of my best friend
Some kid from some hazy weekend
The entire collection with no deletions
Kind of blew my mind
But when we held hands on her balcony
Not for the life of me could I envision a scene more sweet
But I guess things seem more important up forty stories
Your cares and your worries fall down to the street
And you don’t have to believe
Every angry thing everybody says
No, you don’t believe every stupid thing.

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from Sink Like A Symphony, released August 8, 2006

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