Self Defense

Album: Suicane Gratification (1999)
  • Cheekbones and hormones
    Your only self-defense
    Lying through dinner
    And your rock and roll teeth again
    You've harbored a coward
    Fed him full of broth
    This nocturnal sadness
    Leave you pale as this tablecloth
    Careful don't you spill your dinner
    That would be a good defense
    Then you wouldn't have to sit here
    On the fence

    Cheekbones and hormones
    He's the accidental man
    Tell you in a stage whisper
    about the boy who cried benefit
    As the poet drags the darkness
    Within him to the light
    It's only in self-defense
    That they drag you out into the night
    Careful don't you spill your dinner
    That would be your best defense
    Careful what you wish for

    An idiot and a genius
    Standing up to dine
    Breaking man made laws
    Cause I only follow those that are divine
    And only when you're chased
    Do you ever run fast
    And it's wrong to commit a suicide
    It's only in self-defense

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  • John from Levittown, NyShawn Colvin sings backup on this song. Westerberg has said this song took him six months to write, as opposed to most of his stuff, which tends to be quickly written when the inspiration hits him. A truly underappreciated musician and lyricist.
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