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Tongue Tied

from Some Songs by Seth Benjamin

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Written by Seth Benjamin.
Recorded March 2013.


one day he washes up
clears his head
shuts his mouth

puts on his clean face
he's scared to be
seen without

'cause it hides his broken parts
covers the cracks he can't seal
dirt thoughts behind clean bars
the face you see isn't real

but you'd hate to see
what he is underneath

one day he washes out
a splash of life
breaks through the bars

one day down on his knees
his hard shell cracks
spills his scars

well he can't control these thoughts
so now he gives up, sets them free
well he knows it's all his fault
but why bother trying to stay clean

when you know you'll stray
so long you've tried, but not today.

scrub the makeup down to bone, tear out the stitches that still
tie your tongue to silence, i'll say the dirty word and i may gag
but all the words my throat holds down don't drown in silence
left unspoken but still living, dying to be heard
each new day you try to fix me, stifle my screams as you kiss me
and i'd smile but my teeth have rotted out from all this trash
i keep covered but don't throw away, it builds and builds
i'll crack

one day i fear you'll see what i've made of me


from Some Songs, released July 18, 2014




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