Crapheart: 28 songs to commemorate my divorce

by D.G. Scherrer, the voice that lost its man

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A double-album, raw and intimate, in the just-a-guy-and-a-guitar format.

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released November 7, 2013

D.G. Scherrer - voice, guitar, whistling, snapping

Recorded late one night in June by jalipaz at audioconfusion.
Mixed by jalipaz.
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.

All songs (c) 2011 D.G. Scherrer.

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D.G. Scherrer, the voice that lost its man Phoenix, Arizona

D.G. Scherrer is a singer-songwriter and award-winning poet. He began writing songs when he was 12 years old, singing for a punk band. Since then he has become a songwriter's songwriter, crafting dark, catchy, lyrically sophisticated tunes in the tradition of Cohen and Van Zandt. Still, the vitriol of punk lingers in his songs, as well as in the sheer volume of his voice when he roars a chorus. ... more

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Track Name: A Song Too Sad
I will howl a howl too heavy to reach the moon
I will breathe a breath too cold and weak to see
I will sit as still as lead on the corner of this bed
And I will sing a song too sad, too sad, too sad to sing in key

I will drink a drink too dry to drink to you
I will think the thought of how we used to be
We used to stay in bed all day, you used to stay
I will sing a song too sad tonight, too sad to sing in key

I will wish a wish too wishful to come true
I will wish to have you sitting next to me
I will cry and cry and cry a cry too loud to mean goodbye
And I will sing a song too sad, too sad, too sad to sing in key
Track Name: Peace of Mind
I loved you 'til the day that we were married
And the gears of these years began to grind
Now ain't it funny, I already miss you terribly
In this lousy world there ain't no peace of mind

Empty is that life without you, baby
As empty as this life I leave behind
Try to do what's right, but it's only maybe
In this lousy world there ain't no peace of mind

And it's lonely out there, darlin', I remember
You gotta bet on any happiness you find
And there ain't no seats in heaven for a gambler
In this lousy world there ain't no peace of mind

There's no one who'll reward you for your wisdom
There's no one who will hang you for your crimes
Just rattle 'round the prison of your freedom
In this lousy world there ain't no peace of mind

If I could still cry upon your shoulder
If that contract guaranteed your love was mine
Would it take away the pain of growing older?
In this lousy world there ain't no peace of mind

And it's lonely out there, darlin', I remember
You gotta bet on any happiness you find
And there ain't no seats in heaven for a gambler
In this lousy world there ain't no peace of mind
Track Name: Give Us Sinners Back Our Women
Is there anything so sad as a lady of the night
Who gives up her evil ways to walk in the light?
Tell me, who'll make my doing wrong feel so right
O Lord, give us sinners back our women

Now the nightclubs are empty and the glasses are dry
And the ladies love Jesus and they can't wait to die
Lady, who's gonna love you while you're young and alive?
O Lord, give us sinners back our women

When the fires fill the heavens and the sky starts to fall
And the trumpets say it's closing time once and for all
Tell me, who'll be my angel at that very last call?
O Lord, give us sinners back our women
Track Name: Our Lady of Mercy
Lady, lady, lay me down
I pray thy gods of lost and found
Amazed by flesh that one so free
Should waste herself wrecks like me

Mercy sweet and mercy brief
Raise me with your grace and grief
Lady, lady, hear my plea
Waste yourself on a wreck like me

Upon that song that soothes the slave
I pray thee, lady, make me brave
Love me, lady, let me see
You waste yourself...

Mercy sweet and mercy brief
Raise me with your grace and grief
Lady, lay me down with thee
Waste yourself on a wreck like me
Track Name: The Love of Falling Men
My love will not tell you bedtime stories
My love will confess to you its sins
I do believe we'll talk our way to glory
Way before the world began to spin, there was the word

The rain is falling hard, but we fell harder
Trading words like coins we earned with hurt
Like a man who hires his own killer
Just to know once and for all how much this life is worth

Don't let me call you angel, I just want to love the woman
My heart holds too much heaviness to hold you up there in the heavens
Like rain, we pour towards our fate straight from our birth
Mine is the love of falling men for the earth

I swear to God, I spent my whole life lying
I pasted cotton candy 'cross my scars
So let's just have that simple salt of crying
Let's just tell the terror of who we really are

Don't let me call you angel, I just want to love the woman
My heart holds too much heaviness to hold you up there in the heavens
Like rain, we pour towards our fate straight from our birth
Mine is the love of falling men for the earth
Track Name: She's a Lady Tonight
Everyone knows you're a nice guy
'Course nobody knows about her
She's the game that you deal on the side
On that odd weekday night when you say you're at work

And sometimes you call her your lady
And sometimes you call her your whore
And anyway, what's in a name
It's just part of the game that you both came here for

Well, it ain't like she's in this for marriage
And it ain't like she's here for prestige
But still, maybe more than just a face card
Or some trusty ace that you keep up your sleeve

And who knows what finally did it
The room or the game or her pride
Or the feeling that somehow the house always wins
Deal her out, she's a lady tonight

And here comes the part where she turns on the light
And you try to make nice what you'll never make right
'Cause you came for the game, but she stayed for a fight
She's a lady, she's a lady, she's a lady tonight

See, tonight she's done dealing with jokers
And with nice guys like you, who needs fools?
With your smile and your mickey mouse face
Keeping her in her place with you keeping your cool

And there ain't no one dealing out dignity
It's something you steal from the king
And tonight your old queen of clubs
Shows you just where to shove that old nice guy routine

And here comes the part where she turns on the light
And you try to make nice what you'll never make right
As you call her your angel, but she just takes flight
She's a lady, she's a lady, she's a lady tonight
Track Name: Clumsy Song
Here is a clumsy song
I know the rhythm's wrong
But we were waiting, waiting, waiting for it for so long
And I guess we're waiting for it still

Love is a joke, I think
Where timing's everything
And we've been waiting for someone to slip on their shoestrings
The two lovers laughing where they fell

So honey, here's one for the waiting
This ridiculous dance we do so well
Someday our clumsy love affair might find its footing
Or we'll keep clowing 'round until we take our spill

Here is a clumsy song
I'm sure the words are wrong
But we've been waiting, waiting for each other for so long...
Track Name: The World Gets in the Way
I loved you in December, when the sun was soft and gray
The silver sheets of light consoled the darkness of the day
And I would love to see that beauty now, but the world gets in the way
The world gets in the way, the world gets in the way

They're marching at the capitol, the righteous and the right
The anarchists in blackface and the armies of the night
And yes, the people shall be lifted, or at least that's what they say
Until the world gets in the way, the world gets in the way

And all the choirs of friendly fire are screaming to take the stage
For human worth, for peace on earth, for romance and for rage
Of course we'd all be Joans of Arc, but for that spark that darks the day
And the world gets in the way, the world gets in the way

They're still sweeping up the streets at dawn, the crowd has gone away
And the papers on the porches speak the darkness of the day
Still we will lift our hands to heaven, though the world gets in the way
The world gets in the way, the world gets in the way
Track Name: Just Like Lovers
A boyfriend, a weekend, a chance to be real
Whatever you see in that other
He offered those gifts that I only could steal
Still, didn't we feel just like lovers

Sooner or later these labors of love
Turn out to be all love of labor
Our plans and our promises call their own bluff
Still, we used to believe just like lovers

And now all those hours are just fistfuls of time
Just a tick, just a speck in the clockmaker's eye
And we said maybe someday, but we meant goodbye
Yes, and we even cried just like lovers

I told you be happy, I told you be free
What I meant, though, was love me forever
I gave you by blessing, best wishes, and see?
We even lie just like lovers

So lady be resolute, lady shoot straight
And lady don't do me no favors
Your grief comes too little, your comfort too late
And now we even hate just like lovers

And it's time we were going, another fistful of time
Just a click on the track already passing behind
And we said maybe someday, but we meant goodbye
Yes, and we even cried just like lovers would cry
Yes, and we even cried just like lovers would cry
Yes, and we even cried just like lovers
Track Name: Sorry Dear Lady
The dawn dried your eyes with a sign from above
He sent out the raven, it came back a dove
He says, "The cage doors are open, we both served our time
You gave me your punishments, now I give you my crime"

Seems like you spent these years waiting for him to stop holding back
It's like he moved in with something that he never unpacked
He says, "I'm sorry dear lady, I think we both thought
I would come 'round eventually, but it seems I would not"

He says, "I'm sorry dear lady, I'm weak with my will
You gave me your throne, but I could not sit still
You gave me your bed, but I could not find rest
I'm sorry dear lady, I gave it my best"

Well, you know he's been lying, but you're not sure just when
What he's saying here this morning, or what he said way back then
He says, "A man makes a promise, at some point it breaks
And he can't tell on which end he made his mistakes"

He says, "I'm sorry dear lady, I failed you, I know
I should have left early, but I just couldn't go"
Too late to be right, too old to be strong
He says, "I'm sorry dear lady, I love you too long"
Track Name: We Only Do
There ain't no good that ever came of thinking
Thinking just makes murders from every footstep on the staircase
Today I thought about you constantly
Until I thought you were killing me
And when I finally saw you later on, I barely recognized your face

There ain't no good that ever came of trying
I am the man I am and that's about it
A man lives long and he changes some
But every man that he becomes
Is just another portrait from the paint he started with

So if you stick around, you stick around
And if you don't, you don't, and sure I'll cry
But there ain't no way that I can say
That it's right or wrong for you to stay
We only do the things we do and then attach the reasons why

There ain't no good that every came of pushing
You're the woman that you are and nothing more
I keep trying to pull you so close to me
Now I've failed enough that I can see
That a pull is still a push against a wall that's still a door

And there ain't no good that ever came of romance
But baby, I don't do it to be good
My kind of love likes to scream and curse
And baby, you bring out my worst
And it's fair enough to say I should do better
But it ain't fair to say I could

So if you stick around, you stick around
And if you don't, you don't, and I'll be sad as hell, as you well know
But a life don't make no promises
For dreams come true or happiness
We only do the things we do and it just goes the way it goes
Track Name: She Asks Me the Choir
She asks me, "The choir...
You believe in the choir
How do you believe in the choir
When you don't believe in the song?
How do you believe in forever
When you don't believe in too long?"

She asks me, "A prayer...
You believe in a prayer
How do you believe in a prayer
When you don't believe in a wish?
How do you believe in hands
When you don't believe in fists?"

She asks me, "Ghosts...
You believe in ghosts
How do you believe in ghosts
When you don't believe in dead?
When a ghost believes instead
In farther and farther away?
How do you believe in me
When you don't hear a word I say?"

She asks me, "This fire...
You believe in this fire
How do you believe in this fire
When you don't believe in the ash?
When you don't believe in a wish
For some smoke and a train and a track?"

I ask her, "Believe in meet again...
I ask her, "Believe in meet again..."
And she asks me, "How do I believe in meet again
When I don't believe in come back?"
Track Name: Goes
Here goes nothing, here goes nothing, here goes nothing
And I'm walking out the door
Wondering what I waited for
And why I keep wishing you would just talk to me more
When I never believe the things you say

There's the reasons that we give
Then there's the reasons that gave us the way we are
A pair of human bumper cars
Who keep believing they could drive so far
Someday, someday, someday

And here goes nothing
And nothing follows
I've got no more tears to cry
And I've got nothing left to try
So here it goes

By our natures we were butchers
But once we caught the perfume of decay
We wept, why must it be this way?
We've always trusted that this bloodlust would just let us live
To bleed another day

I once believe in fate, I once believed in you
I once believed in every shade of gray
I did not believe in anything, now I believe in nothing
You can go on believing in forever if you need to
I don't believe in even one more day

And here goes nothing
And nothing follows
I've got not more tears to cry
And I've got nothing left to try
So here it goes

There's the nothing that is nothing
Then there's the nothing that's a hunger in your heart
With teeth that tear your tears apart
Then there's the nothing that's this perfect work of art
That holds us all

Yes, I miss you and I miss you and I miss you
And you ain't no good for me
As we have proved repeatedly
But we were babies who went swimming out to sea
Before we'd even learned to crawl

Here goes nothing, here goes nothing, here goes nothing
Here goes nothing once and for all
Got both our backs against the hallway wall, for lack of photographs
But the big picture shows, there was no wedding
Just a costume ball

And here goes nothing
And nothing follows
I've got no more tears to cry
And I've got nothing left to try
So here it goes
Track Name: Goodnight Starlight
I see you shining like a child, like a diamond in the sky
And they named you for the starlight that boats are guided by
And I hoped that you might be the one to show me to true North
But a star that shines so bright will lead a sailor from his course

They say the stars that meet men's eyes have crossed a million miles and years
And you always were so far away whenever you were near
Still I hoped that you might be the one the fates had given me to
O, but I was born beneath a star much nearer, dear, than you

Goodnight starlight, goodnight starlight, the moon is sad and gray
I see you shining, even though you are a million miles away
Goodbye starlight, goodbye starlight, your starlight is so slow
I see you shining, though you were gone a million years ago

You shine for me so constantly, I do not understand
How even now you shine as though our night had never ended
You shine for me so easily, but a man can't hold the sky
And I must fall and find the earth again, goodbye starlight, goodbye

Goodnight starlight, goodnight starlight, the moon is sad and gray
I see you shining, even though you are a million miles away
Goodbye starlight, goodbye starlight, your starlight is so slow
I see you shining, though you were gone a million years ago

Goodnight starlight, goodnight starlight, we shone the best we could
The dawn is breaking soon and the aching of the day will do us good
Goodbye starlight, goodbye starlight, your starlight stays so long
And I'm still wishing for the same bright star that I've been wishing on
Track Name: Just As Sure As I'm a Liar
Just as sure as the stars up above us bless the fortunes that they tell
And just as sure as the good Lord loves us and wants us to do well
As sure as our desire is for grace and goodness in all that we do
And just as sure as I'm a liar, darling, I'll be true

Just as sure as the light of man's science will cure the darkness of his soul
The hungry fed, the violent soothed, each aching heart made whole
As sure as this old tired world will one day be made new
And just as sure as I'm a liar, darling, I'll be true

Just as sure as the good will prevail
Just as sure as death won't be the end
Just as sure as our dreams never fail us
Just as sure as you can count on a friend
Just as sure as things happen for reasons
Just as sure as there's a plan
Just as sure as there be no treason in the heart of a simple man

Just as sure as the love of a woman brings a man comfort and quiets his hate
And just as sure as the love of a good woman makes his crooked pathways straight
As sure as there's a fire that burns for you and only you
And just as sure as I'm a liar, darling, I'll be true
Track Name: The More You Love Me
When I first met you, you seemed like such a smart girl
You like Woody Allen, Cole Porter and Camus
But ever since we made it, you wanna have these little heart-to-hearts, girl
And now you don't like nothin' except hearing that I like you too

The more you love me the stupider you sound
Seems like you're always talking like a fool when we start fooling 'round
It don't mean nothin' but a chance to lay my weary body down
The more you love me the stupider you sound

I just don't get you, it ain't worth all of that cognition
Any girl in town'll tell you, I ain't no Nobel prize
Sure, I could write whole novels of sweet nothings, they'd still be nothings
One part black humor, two parts little white lies

The more you love me the stupider you sound
Seems like you're always talking like a fool when we start fooling 'round
It don't mean nothing but a chance to lay me weary body down
The more you love me the stupider you sound
Track Name: Lord, the Night
You know this life is short and shabby, girl, so don't be shy
Got sixty years or so to say hello, the rest is all goodbye
See, everybody loves you, baby, why can't I?
And Lord, the night is so long

If love is mother-may-I, death is yes-you-may
You're goddamned right I'm lonely, everybody's born that way
And you're goddamned right I'm desperate, like there's no escape
And Lord, the night is so long

Time, time will change your mind
Girl, you think that body's just gonna age like wine
Well, sooner than you think you're gonna find, find, find out
Why the night is so long

It's a lousy world we live in, girl, so don't hedge your bets
You know you're always guaranteed at least a lifetime of regrets
'Til one fine day the darkness come and clear our debts
And Lord, the night is so long

If I make it up to heaven for my big debut
Maybe, honey, I'll put in a good word for you
See, it ain't who you know, baby, it's how you knew
And Lord, the night is so long
Track Name: Cry for Me
Cry for me, lady, be my mourning dove
In a world this filled with sorrow, you can never cry enough
Just for me, there's no one listening up above
There ain't no God in heaven, at least not one of love

Pray for me, that his name may comfort you
You just might be forgiven for this sinful thing we do
Pray for me, the way I pray for you
With that name divine, just nevermind which gods I'm praying to

See that angel, darling, dressed in black
Where nature waits to take her treasures back
Lady, don't it just break your heart to know
That what you get is what you see
So honey, cry for me

Cry for me, and maybe this old world might be redeemed
You know the one thing that we all fear most is the one thing guaranteed
Can't you see, there ain't no prize for your good deeds
And these sins are all just exercise if you won't cry for me

Here comes that devil, darling, dressed in white
Tonight's the night two sinners see the light
And lady, don't it just break your heart to know
That what you get is what you see
So honey, cry for me
Track Name: Better Than True
I used to say such sweet things to you
You'd be amazed what words can do
I'd say the password and win a prize
I was a master of disguise
When I was better than true

I used to say I loved just you
I used to say the same thing to the other girl too
Without the lies there's only truth
And who would be so ruthless
As to take your dreams from you

We play the part we have to play
And let the tears fall where they may
Because if everything must be confessed
You really weren't my best
That's just a thing I say

You used to say you loved me too
No, what you love is a cheap cliché in an expensive suit
But think how happy we were then
I was the very best of men
When I was better than true
Track Name: Let Me Believe in Your Body
I don't believe in love, I don't believe in duty
That's just for folks who get their kicks from sneaking 'round
What I believe in is the way we ache at beauty
And in the pains we take to drag that beauty down

And how I ache, I ache, I ache, seeing your body
And it must make you feel so clean to feel forlorn
I don't believe, I don't believe you, that you're sorry
But then, your mercy isn't what I came here for

So let's go faith to faith, the one grace I believe in
Before you're forgiven for all our crimes
'Cause if it's dust to dust, then let's just trust this breathing
Let me believe in your body one more time

I don't believe in love, I don't believe in duty
They're just the showbiz names for boredom and despair
What I believe in is the way we ache at beauty
And in the pains we take to lay that beauty bare

So let's go faith to faith, the one grace I believe in
Before you're forgiven for all our crimes
'Cause if it's dust to dust, then let's just trust this breathing
Let me believe in your body one more time
Track Name: I Didn't Come Here for Your Honesty (Lie to Me)
I know the game, I know the rules
They made it famous in the Paris school
Back when love was free
Of course, we came to it quite late
Love loved its last way back in 'sixty-eight
Now it's an industry

Still, we were both born to be free
Both born the prisoners of philosophy
Mine for you and yours for me
And I make no claim upon your kiss
We were both born free to feel like this
All wrecked with jealousy

I know the rules, we both agreed
I know it's not supposed to bother me
Where you may've stayed last night
And I know the truth might set you free
But all the truth has ever done for me
Is kill my appetite

Can't you lie, lie, lie, darling, lie to me
Can't you lie, lie, lie, darling, lie to me
Like it's only me
Lie, lie, lie, darling, lie to me
I didn't come here for your honesty

Of course, we came to it quite late
No longer love, but loss, that felt like fate
And that great big closed account
And I'd already had a wife
Had paid the state to mate for life
And to this day I wonder if I made it out alive

And that's the only wisdom I've acquired
The sting that lingers from the fire
The rings on fingers and the yokes on necks
We each get burned, and so it goes
And anymore I do not care to know
Which one's the second sex

Can't you lie, lie, lie, darling, lie to me
Can't you lie, lie, lie, darling, lie to me
Make me believe
Lie, lie, lie, darling, lie to me
I didn't come here for your honesty
Track Name: Drop
In the deep dark apartment near the city park
Your whole heart spread open like a toad
Pilgrim be brave, she's the very sort of soul you'd save
A special favor for your favorite god

O sweet repeat offense, the skin taking fingerprints
Your star witness singing like a dove
Pilgrim play nice, she's the kind of lamb you'd sacrifice
It comes from someplace deeper than your love

Take your silence of vows
Boy, you ought to know by now
You'll never stop
Everybody drop

In the deep dark, where good intentions miss their mark
Your old heart's not as sturdy as you'd thought
Pilgrim get real, it's not the pangs of guilt you feel
It's just the good old fashioned fear of getting caught

And here's the short list of states of grace that don't exist
A pure bliss, a deed without regret
Lady don't wake, everything's for form's sake
These days it takes so very little to forget

Now why so strange?
Boy, you know you'll never change
You know you'll never stop
Everybody, everybody drop

Boy, bite your tongue
How'd you think you stay so young?
How you ever gonna stop?
Track Name: Too Little Too Late
You fucked it up big, this time it's for good
You cheated her again, just like her friends all said you would
And in the wreckage you can see it now, how much you needed her all these years
But you used up all your credit, and she's spent all her tears

Too little too late, too little too late
The sun burns with vengeance, the moon's white with hate
Ain't no leaf to turn over, there ain't no face to save
When you can't recognize an angel 'til she spits on your grave

Old Michael the junkie wants to borrow your phone
He's been trying to call his mama, he's clean now, wants to come home
Been leaving messages all morning, thinks she's probably at the store
But there ain't no one home there for old Michael no more

Too little too late, too little too late
The sun don't shine for you, my friend, the moon's white with hate
Ain't no leaf to turn over, there ain't no face to save
When you can't recognize an angel 'til she spits on your grave
Track Name: So You Can Be My Girl
I'm holding in my hand a hair from your head
I've folded it in cloth I took from my bed
A shred of my pillow streaked red with your lipstick
So you can be my girl

Last night I dreamed you wouldn't sleep here no more
You were sleeping in that place you used to sleep in before
Four in the morning, I tore apart the bedsheets
So you can be my girl

I'm placing these pieces of you in a bowl
With a drop of my blood and a red hot coal
Your soul, my soul, we smolder together
So you can be my girl

I'm speaking your name, I'm speaking my name
I'm making you, making me, making us the same
I'm trembling, I'm blowing on embers, blowing kisses
So you can be my girl
Track Name: Summer Spoke Your Body
Back then the sun was an angry dream
The drone of downtown's black soundtrack of steam
And you with your hair cut close
Like a martyr in the martyr's favorite pose

Back then we both were more corporeal
More real, I think, than the things we claimed to feel
The terms were the terms I trusted
The ash in ash, the dustiness of dust

And the summer spoke your body like a rhyme
"Love me in the summertime, the summertime
The summer, summertime..."

By now you see how the restless, wretched souls of men
Become the butchers of their bodies
But back then you were cursed with the Christian grief
And I longed to set your perfect flesh free

Maybe these days you'd understand
How the years decrease both supply and demand
Even our Lamb of loss
Became holiest as bread and wine and cross

And the summer spoke your body like a rhyme
"Love me in the summertime, the summertime
The summer..."

And sometimes this body speaks that summer like a rhyme
"Love me in the summertime, the summertime
The summer, sometime..."
Track Name: Sepia Song
Young girl, young girl, what makes your eyes so cold?
And where has your young man gone, so burdened and so bold?
The years drag by, certain things you come to know
The sin of ugliness, the shame of growing old

I loved you so fairly, I loved you so fair
I loved you like I was the only one there
The years drag by, too many years to care
About where it all went wrong, it all goes wrong somewhere

I loved you so fiercely, I loved you so free
I held your body like it was made of me
The years drag by, 'til the years are all you see
Just one long loneliness where two lonelinesses should be

Young girl, young girl, what makes your eyes so cold?
And where has your young man gone, so burdened and so bold?
The years drag by, it turns out just the way they told you
The sin of ugliness, the shame of growing old
Track Name: Love Keeps a Rhythm
Baby, you know love keeps a rhythm like a failing heart
It goes stop, start, stop, start
The way we keep getting closer 'til we fall all apart
And I'm waiting, I'm waiting for the phone

Now baby, I've been following the bouncing ball
Seen it rise and fall and rise and fall
The way you ache for me 'til you don't want me at all
And I'm waiting, I'm waiting for the phone

Hear that scratch at the glass, hear that howl and moan
It's your loyal boy, baby, been begging for a bone
He's been banging that hammer on a pile of stones
And it's a lousy life, lady, trying to love you all alone

Baby, you know love keeps a rhythm like a failing heart
It goes stop, start, stop, start, stop and start
And I"m starving to the skin, like your sick work of art
And I'm waiting, I'm waiting, I'm waiting, I'm waiting...

Here comes the ring of the bell, here comes the jerk of the leash
You lay the feast upon the table while I'm whining underneath
How long you think that you can keep it just out of reach
Before the boy starts barking and baring his teeth?

You know love keeps a rhythm like a failing heart
It goes stop, start, stop
Track Name: God of Longing (Bring My Lover Back to Me)
I guess she must me in Madrid by now, and the pangs have just begun
You know they say the only cure for growing old is dating young
And the only cure for youth, I hear, is somewhere overseas
I pray thee, god of longing, bring my lover back to me

She's dancing in Vienna to a tiny minuet
She's strewn all her belongings on the south bank of forgetting
O, we give pet names to our cruelties, "letting go", "setting free"
I pray thee, god of longing, bring my lover back to me

I'd like to offer this confession of a dirty old man's disgrace
Age thirty, still at the mercy of these bohemian clichés
Do I pray thee make me young again or pray thee save me face?
As she runs among those native tongues all waiting turns to take their taste

And there she is in Dresden, by the river yet again
It's all there in the photograph, but who's behind the lens?
Do I pray thee make me young again or pray thee let me be?
I pray thee, god of longing, bring my lover back to me