The Grammarian

from Grandfather by Tigers On Trains

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Open all your doors and windows,
Let the lightning in your house
I have been seeing your cold face
Ever since my blood went south

Take a long ride to Chicago,
Steal some wind to stir my bones
Throw my soul into the great lake,
Make a lighter trip back home.

You had sharpened all your teeth,
Painted your fingers black and blue
When Ishtar's yellow smile broke my knees,
I blamed it on you.

I've been tearing down the paintings
That portrayed you in a field
All of my wounds have reopened,
If any of them had healed.

But I was wrong,
I was wrong, I know.
Thank God, I can rest again.

I think I have been receding
Into ever-thinning air
You insist that love is here
If it was ever anywhere
Felt the devil in my pillow,
Somehow thought that it was you
He convinced me of your sorrow,
I really thought that that was true.

Of course I was wrong.
Yeah I was wrong, I guess.
Thank God, I can see again.

Crossed the great Peconic canyon
With a fire by my side,
Just to find some shadow of you,
You had vanished with the tide.
I hid my face and kept on walking
Til my lantern wouldn't light,
Hearing all you'd said more loudly
Well it turned out you were right.

And I was wrong.
I was wrong, I know.
Thank God, I can rest again.


from Grandfather, released July 8, 2010


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