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lyrics

A forlorn frontman with his first beard,
Easy tenor and he's singing about home,
A 20-year-old missing his teens ain't a joke,
For a second there, I felt so alone…
Hometown wedding obligations,
You flew in to grin and pose in a dress,
To be worn one time on your best friend’s daddy’s dime,
The bride is hammered and the groom is a mess.
You flash me the high sign, we creep outside
To decompress and move away from the crowd,
Compare and contrast our disintegrating aspirations,
Talking shit and talking it loud.
You’ve got a radiance Father Time’s too scared to reclaim,
And a mean streak that’s sharp as a knife,
I still play the clown every time you breeze through town
and rip out pages in this book you helped write.

Here it comes again - I'm easy prey
Your smile’s a flashback wonder and the years all melt away,
Hair shirt stings, I still wear it,
My heart’s in the right place - where I left it,
You know I’m sorry.

One of those weird warm April nights,
And you know what they say about Spring...
You laugh about long-lost love and then you shove me,
You start to whisper something obscene.
I feel like a stuntman in my own film,
One day this chute ain't gonna open for sure,
No one like you is gonna clean up the mess,
No one like me could hope for anything more.

Here it comes again - I’m onto you,
It don’t matter - you do what you wanna do,
Could-have-beens will kill you if you live long enough,
Open bar to smooth ya before you start playing rough,
And you know I’m sorry.

They’ve all cabbed it back to the hotel,
We’re the only ones watching this band,
A 20-year-old missing his teens ain't a joke,
Clasping hands under the table again.
Always a bridesmaid - that’s alright,
Keep holding out until the prospects look good,
Little Miss Understanding won’t ever need a Mr. Misunderstood.

Here it comes again - I’m easy prey,
I dread the day our nights don’t end this way.
Hair shirt stings, I still wear it,
My heart’s in the right place, where I left it.
You know I’m sorry.

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from Vagrant Hour, released October 9, 2015

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