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Crying Wolf

from Trial & Error by Seth Benjamin

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wake up on the inside of my stomach,
sent back up to keep the bugs out
hadn't slept a wink since i first felt their bite
a couple miles up,
the last wheel falls off of our train
god knows how close to hell i'd have let us ride

and to be honest, we were well on our way
but it's not always easy to see straight
and for a while every shipwreck on the screen
seemed to be captained by you and me

well i'm still seasick
and if i tell you i don't mind, please don't believe it
i'd sober up if my senses would do as i said
but i'm just passed out on the floor instead

please be kind, rewind, and so
i watch the tape ten thousand times
trying to catch some smoking gun that's always out of frame
well i can spend my days
pretending i can't read the headlines
but i know i'm just afraid of what they'll say

i know i said i'd fill the glass up past halfway
but it's not right to cherry-pick my days
when every shot i swear was aimed square at myself
was just as painful for you as well

well now i just miss
so if it seems like i'm dead on, please don't believe it
and it's a lie to say i'm trying if i won't admit
that it hasn't done me much good so far

far away voices try to keep the peace
but my head's in the sand and they just can't compete
i sharpen each word til they slice us in two
and simmer a while in my own self defeat
it's too easy to say i'd do it all different
when any chance i've had i've still never listened
hindsight sees clear but no one steers from behind
god knows next time i'll still be flying blind

so let's not pretend that's all right
because my hands haven't been clean for quite some time
and i can scream it to the heavens that i'll make amends
but i'm afraid i'm crying wolf again


from Trial & Error, released November 13, 2016
Seth Benjamin: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass
Mert Ussakli: drums
written by Seth Benjamin




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Seth Benjamin & the Philistines are an alt-rock band from Brooklyn. Their songs have been called "catchy and sad."

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