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Babe do you know that I've been looking for a reason to blame
Everything on you but it isn't fair
I don't want to be a villain at the end of the story
Holding all the cards and cutting out your heart

I've never given up on you, you know, even when I wanted to
Entangled in your past and my high expectations
You know me and the darkest secrets that you keep

Lesley can you see the animal and his flashing teeth
Eating me alive every time that I
Think about the causes and how I lost my way somewhere in the process
Of growing skin so thick and getting over it

I don't really want to meet another girl because she won't love me
When I'm standing at the edge off balance and I need that steady
Hand in mine, the one that I
Know so well

Honey did you hear that I've been looking for places to go
And never look back because it hurts bad
All the lessons I've learned have pruned my limbs right down to the dirt
I am just a stump of who I thought I was

When I told you I would run away with you and we'd live out of a
Converted van and finally make good on those plans that we made when you were
My best friend, you made me see in color
No one can


from Wives' Tales, released June 8, 2017



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Illustrated Manual was originally called "The Illustrated Man." Jon received an informal cease and desist for the name due to its use as the title of a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury, published in 1951.

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