Album: Congratulations (2010)
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  • Dead in the water
    It's not a paid vacation
    The sons and daughters of city officials
    Attend demonstrations
    It's hardly a sink or swim
    When all is well if the ticket sells

    Out with a whimper
    It's not a blaze of glory
    You look down from your temple
    As people endeavor to make it a story
    And chisel a marble word
    But all is lost if it's never heard

    But I've got someone to make reports
    That tell me how my money's spent
    To book my stays and draw my blinds
    So I can't tell what's really there
    And all I need's a great big congratulations

    I'll keep your dreams
    You pay attention for me
    As strange as it seems
    I'd rather dissolve than have you ignore me
    The ground may be moving fast
    But I tied my boots to a broken mast

    The difference is clear
    You throw it in your cauldron
    Rust and veneer, dusk and dawn
    Steinways and Baldwins
    You start with a simple stock of all the waste
    And salt to taste

    But damn my luck and damn these friends
    That keep on combing back their smiles
    I save my grace with half-assed guilt
    And lay down the quilt upon the lawn
    Spread my arms and soak up congratulations Writer/s: Andrew Wells VanWyngarden, Benjamin Nicholas Huner Goldwasser
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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