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What's Good for Me

from A Nearby Phone Booth by Chris Williams

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I strike a wooden match and watch it burn
Down to my fingers ‘til it hurts
I’d rather feel fire on my skin
Than the pain in my heart that you’ll bring me again
You know I'm still burning inside
But you tell me I’ve got no reason to cry
I guess you know better than me
What I have been through and how I should feel
it’s a comfort to know
As I head down the road
That someone knows what’s good for me

It’s not that your judgement isn’t sound
We know ‘cause the jury has found
Me guilty as charged but set free
Still I’m confined here in solitary

But the jailer is nowhere to be seen
And the key is just barely out of reach
But I’d rather stay here, confined
‘cause you can’t get in here to torture my mind

it’s a comfort to know
in my weakest moment
that someone knows what’s good for me

You think it’s over
But look what you started
Wonton self destruction
Of a man, broken hearted
You screwed my life up
Trying to do right by me
Now I’m condemned to live dangerously

I’m a flying trapeze without a net
I’m speeding when it’s slippery and wet
Hot coffee that’s destined to spill
I don’t read the label when swallowing pills
Flammable pajamas in a fire
Drinking without a designated driver
In matters of love, I’m a little more cautious
‘cause you threw the love we shared into the garbage


from A Nearby Phone Booth, released March 2, 2008


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