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Take It Back

from Den of Maniacs by Dan Jacob Wallace

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take it back to the den of maniacs
halfway there, to where nothing’s left of me to care
dig a hole in me, crawl inside don’t let me leave
to the world I see stretched before me shuttering

where the words will change, my face remain
my name is an awful refrain
i must, i must hold on

why can’t we be…why can’t we keep…
why can’t we, why can’t we, why can’t we keep on?

take me back to the lizard and the cat
there’s a page half-read and a language we can share
till the skin’s too dense for the needle to go in
almost there, to where nothing’s left of me to scare

now the words must change, my face remain
my name is an ancient refrain
i need, i need to be free

why can’t we be… why can’t we keep…
why can’t we, why can’t we
i can’t remember who is who and who is hollowed out

save the pieces, i’ll be back, and she’ll pretend it’s all an act
let her do it – you will both be lying when you’re lying back
all your training won’t prepare you nor repair the world they gave you
let her do it – you will both be crying as you’re fighting back
she’ll avenge you with one blow every time she meets a foe
and every day she’ll try to be a little bit more like me

curious, now incurable and lost
i will close my thoughts, nothing left to do but watch
as the light inside turns into a cyan fire

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from Den of Maniacs, released March 23, 2010

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Dan Jacob Wallace Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dan Jacob Wallace is a composer, songwriter, and guitarist currently based in Milwaukee.

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