Smoke

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lyrics

You made me feel like a catch-phrase unspoken, waiting for design
You made me feel like a forgotten table for two with a “reserved” sign
I’ve been engaged in a game of “Mr. Cellophane” waiting for you to make up your mind

You made me feel like a plate of leftovers stuck in the back of the drawer
You made me feel like a napkin phone number stuck to the barroom floor
And I’ve been quietly contemplating why I’ve been waiting to walk out that door

It’s a slow burn, watching the flame flicker out
There’s a hiss as I tip the water to douse the dying ember still trying to remember that once we were on fire
It doesn’t know, nobody told it you’re gone - that you’re smoke on the rise.

You made me feel like slice of truck tire brushed to the side of the road.
The kind you swerve so you won’t run it over, knowing your own might explode.
But I am not full of spikes and metal. You run, you bet you’ll be sorry when you get home.

It’s a slow burn, watching the flame flicker out
There’s a hiss as I tip the water to douse the dying ember still trying to remember that once we were on fire
It doesn’t know, nobody told it you’re gone - that you’re smoke on the rise.

Hush little darling, don’t be shy. Mama’s gonna sing you a lullabye.
I got two strong hands and no good plans.

It’s a slow burn, watching the flame flicker out
There’s a hiss as I tip the water to douse the dying ember still trying to remember that once we were on fire
It doesn’t know, nobody told it you’re gone - that you’re smoke on the rise.

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from The Simplest, released March 25, 2016

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