The Exchange

  • My mother lost her mother twice
    Once in '54, then later in life
    The exchange was quick and quiet
    The records sealed, the names made private
    Her search began and ended with a judge
    Her papers had been claimed in a freak basement flood
    An entire family tree
    An eternal privacy

    Underwater
    Underwater
    I am afraid to see my heroes age
    I am afraid of disintegration
    If you're not here, I cannot be here for you
    If you're not here, I cannot be alone
    Mother, father
    I'm underwater
    And I don't think you can pull me out of this

    There's virgin oil painted over my door
    And hotel soap from every city
    Lined up in my window
    Blew my per diem on an eighth of Blue Dream
    So I can breathe but I still can't breathe
    Around my mouth, brown paper bag
    Founding fathers on my back

    I'm no martyr
    I'm no martyr
    I'm just
    Afraid to see my heroes age
    I am afraid of disintegration
    If you're not here, I cannot be here for you
    If you're not here, I cannot be alone
    Mother, father
    I'm underwater
    Underwater
    Underwater

    I've so much that I want to sing
    But there's no room for toothbrushes and poetry, I
    Pray to Jesus Christ incessantly, I
    Shine my shoes for the Fat Lady, I'm still
    Underwater

    I'm underwater
    Underwater
    Underwater
    I am afraid to see my heroes age
    I am afraid of disintegration
    If you're not here, I cannot be here for you
    If you're not here, I cannot be alone
    Mother, father
    I'm underwater
    And I don't think you can pull me out of this

    I will no longer claim to know
    Where we go when it's time to go
    But when you go, will I go too?
    When you go, I am going too

    I'm underwater
    I'm underwater
    Mother, father
    I'm underwater
    I'm underwater
    I'm underwater
    Mother, father
    I'm underwater Writer/s: MACKENZIE RUTH SCOTT
    Publisher: EMBASSY MUSIC CORPORATION
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