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too small to keep
it will slip through the fabric
of the pockets in my jeans
a lifeline of a hundred keepsakes
couldn't keep you tied to me

i sit at a switchboard
rusty handles held by weathered hands
it's just beneath the table
at a dinner between a restless woman
and a lonely man

a pull of a lever, a flashing light
now i'm transported to a place
where things only have an upside
and this becomes a dinner for one
and you turn into an empty dress
and the things i would have undone
are now things i won't be able to regret

here's the last lever before you're gone
it will erase what caused my heart to beat half wrong
what made it squeeze blood through open veins
what stretched the lining of my lungs
and pushed every weary thought away

a pull of a lever, a flashing light
now i'm transported to a place
where things only have an upside
and this becomes a dinner for one
and you turn into an empty dress
and the things i would have undone
are now things i won't be able to regret
We're only strays.