You can fake it for a while
Bite your tongue and smile
Like every mother does an ugly child.
But the stars are leaking out
Like spittle from a cloud
Amassed resentment counting ounce and pound.
You're entertaining any doubt
Because you had to know that I was fond of you
Fond of Y-O-U
Though I knew you masked your disdain.
I can see that change was just too hard for us
Hard for us.
You always had to hold the reins
But where I'm headed, you just don't know the way.
So affections fade away
And do adults just learn to play
The most ridiculous, repulsive games?
On the faith of ruddy sons
And the double-barreled guns
You better hurry
Rabbit, run, run, run.
'Cause meeting you was fun
And there's a lot of hungry howlers in this one cell.
We're taking it over
Their brittle, thorny stems
They break before they bend
And neither one of us is one of them.
And the tails will never mend
'Cause you had it in for me so long ago.
Boy, I still don't know
I don't know why and I don't care
You don't hide me anymore
If you'd only seen yourself hating me.
When I've been so much more than fair.
But then you had to lay those feelings bare
One thing I know still got you scared
You're all that cold iron
And never once aired of our dead.
You had to know that I was fond of you
Fond of Y-O-U.
So I took your lips at the time
And to change like that is just so hard to do
Hard to do.
Don't let it whip-crack your life
And bow out from the fight
'Cause oh, how your sisters will write.
The worst part is over
Now, get back on that horse and ride.