Boy in a China Shop

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I’m on my way to God
I may not be old but I am old enough
To know that my time is up
So I’m throwing the towel in

I’ve been on my way to making the same mistake
That I’ve made ever since the day I was born
I’ve been so afraid of causing anybody’s pain
So I just stood still like a boy in a china shop

I met a girl at school
She was everything that I believed in
When love was still simple
Just holding hands and making promises

I was on my way to making the same mistake
That I made when I was so young
I was so naive for telling her I’d never leave
I left as soon as my clean hands got dirty

Worried sick my life would never measure up to the mark
On that measuring stick if I ever lose control

I climbed out my window
And went running down the old South Easton railroad
I saw a man with pistol, aiming at the sky
And asking God for a sign

He was on his way to making the same mistake
His father made when he was drunk
Twenty years ago with a woman that he barely knew
He fell in love with her for an hour in her bedroom


from Wives' Tales, released June 8, 2017



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