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A subtle truth is clear, that you and i together melt with icarus' feathers,
while our ankles still stay tethered but not to fear.
for while my love has cheapened, it's also deapened, despite, the things you put me through.
i can hear you calling, through my falling in love, with falling out of love with you.
you gotta help yourself.

Falling through this old device, of boy and girl together recreating stormy weather,
while we think ourselves quite clever we're cold as ice.
but while i'm slowly sinking, i can't help thinking, bout' love. and why it's not enough.
without some milk and honey, cars and money, you're out, goodbye you lose life's tough...
you gotta help yourself.


Just that rainbow sheen of gasoline,
Pulls my focus in entirely,
Far away from that awful dream,
of that live oak tree.

Words are easy not to mean, for though my calloused sentences are underbelly sensitive, words screaming they're not tentative to me.
but while my feet keep running, you know i'll be gunning for more, exciting things to come.
For if my heart's still worth breaking, you know i'll be taking the time, to smell that bloody rose.
You gotta help yourself.


from Loose Lips, Sunk Ships, Bruised Hips, and Booze Sips, released September 19, 2015
Written by Ben Balmer (BMI)



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