December's Traditions

Album: Pedestrian Verse (2013)
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  • December’s traditions
    Suck the last of summer from our cheeks
    Draw the curtains, strip the trees
    In so-called living rooms
    Scottish pastimes come to roost
    Love’s labour stains a linen sheet
    The ghostly body

    Who makes his bed beside you
    Is slowly losing teeth
    The boy needs sunlight
    And a shot of modesty
    He needs to get some sleep

    It’s not the answer
    A sticking plaster on a shattered bone
    What do you need?
    What do you need from me?
    It’s not the answer
    Keep treating cancer like a cold
    What do you need?
    What do you need from me?

    After months of grieving
    Fuck the grief, I’m leaving
    Will you leave with me?
    The bloodloss, the towering cost
    Of mouth to mouth and tongue to tongue
    One lick brings warm metallic taste
    I may correct myself
    Convince you that there’s no-one else
    In volumes of new leaves
    If you want a saint you don’t want me

    It’s not the answer
    A sticking plaster on a shattered bone
    What do you need?
    What do you need from me?
    It’s not the answer
    Keep treating cancer like a cold
    What do you need?
    What do you need from me?
    It’s not the answer

    I’m just begging to be told
    What you need
    What you need from me
    If I had the answer
    I’d write a book on what I know
    What do you need?
    What do you need from me? Writer/s: ANDY MONAGHAN, DAVID WILLIAM LAWRENCE KENNEDY, GRANT DAVID HUTCHISON, RUSSELL GORDON SKENE, SCOTT JOHN HUTCHISON
    Publisher: DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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