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lyrics

Back when time was just a twinkle
in the eye of the great, great grandfather clock
the sky contained the words of one long story
and the moon was a ( and a ) and a big .
And Orion’s belt, was a space for … I don’t know what
You see Orion’s shining belt, was one interstellar dot-dot-dot

So time began, the words fell from the sky
they hit the ground
they cried
they looked about
and they developed arms and legs and heads
and heads is where the words then started hanging out
where they gave themselves new compound names
like human thought
and free will
and Xerxes and Napoleon
and Jennifer
and Sylvia
and Phil

And the words now known as Jennifer sold real estate
and worried about their widowed dad
And the words known as Napoleon
dreamt of marching through what would be
Stalingrad
And some words crossed the oceans
and some words worked out maths
and others painted pictures
to express the words they lacked

Still, in their deepest syllables
the words all sometimes felt the pull
of the story in the sky that they had lost
so they made up books and movies
and some made something much less fun
and they called it god
But the best of all the words, I think
they just became lovers
yes the best of all the words, I think
could find new stories in each other
And they had names
like Romeo
and Juliet
and Greg
and Joe
and Casimir
and Sue
and Jeff and Len and Marianne, and Carrie-Anne and

me and you

And as we sit here talking on my bed
it’s clear the words called me aren’t coming out on top
so I’m trying not to reminisce
about the words called you biting on their fist
and squirming
and wearing just a single sock

‘Cos the words called you are careful
and they're much wiser than my lot
and I’d like to know them better
yes I’d like to know
whatever words you’ve got

We can leave a space for Alnitak and Alnilam and Mintaka
and we don’t know
we still don’t know what

We can take some time to find out just what kind of words
tomorrow’s got in stock

We can leave our futures hanging like an interstellar: …
Let the summer hang above us like one interstellar
dot-dot-dot-dot-dot-dot-dot-dot...!

credits

from .​.​.​Loves You, released August 21, 2011

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