Missed the Boat

Album: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007)
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  • While we're on the subject
    Could we change the subject now?
    I was knocking on your ear's door, but you were always out
    Looking towards the future
    We were begging for the past
    Well, we know we had the good things
    But those never seemed to last
    Oh, please just last

    Everyone's unhappy
    Everyone's ashamed
    Well, we all just got caught looking
    At somebody else's page
    Well, nothing ever went
    Quite exactly as we planned
    Our ideas held no water
    But we used them like a dam

    Oh, and we carried it all so well
    As if we got a new position
    Oh, and I laugh all the way to hell
    Saying, "Yes, this is a fine promotion"
    Oh, and I laugh all the way to hell

    Of course everyone goes crazy
    Over such and such and such
    We made ourselves a pillar
    We just used it as a crutch
    We were certainly uncertain
    At least, I'm pretty sure I am
    Well, we didn't need the water
    But we just built that, good God damn

    Oh, and I know this of myself
    I assume as much for other people
    Oh, and I know this of myself
    We've listened more to life's end-gong
    Than the sound of life's sweet bells

    Was it ever worth it?
    Was there all that much to gain?
    Well, we knew we missed the boat
    And we'd already missed the plane
    We didn't read the invite
    We just dance at our wake
    All our favorites were playing
    So we could shake, shake, shake, shake, shake

    Tiny curtain's open, and we heard the tiny clap of little hands
    A tiny man would tell a little joke, and get a tiny laugh from all the folks
    Sitting, drifting around in bubbles, and thinking it was us that carried them
    When we finally got it figured out, that we had truly missed the boat

    Oh, and we carried it all so well
    As if we got a new position
    Oh, and we owned all the tools ourselves
    But not the skills to make a shelf with
    Oh, what useless tools ourselves Writer/s: ERIC JUDY, ISAAC BROCK, JEREMIAH GREEN, JOE PLUMMER, JOHNNY MARR, TOM PELOSO
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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