Paper Canoes


her song shook all the leaves off the trees

put me in your pocket and take me where you please

dip me in honey, roll me in feathers

by the end of the night i want to be flying, sweet, and singing too


the train stopped short of my heart

now i'm walkin' with the blues

cut the corners off your problems build paper canoes

cut the corners off your problems,

rearrange the letters, building paper canoes


mark your memories with thumbtacks

stack your twenty dollar bills

lets lose our names in the window

and become cheap thrills

short of breath, thoughtless, inflections

let's lose our names in the window's reflection

and become cheap, cheap thrills


as we fall through the shadows remember your favorite childhood song

turn me back into the person i haven't been for so long

making sandwiches, spinning silk

hanging on, by hang-nails, swimming in milk

touching cold, cold stones, but thinking of hot, hot stars, yes we are


there's cut up messages littering the ground

and they're written in the language we found

our knotted tongues are coming undone


the first taste of tomorrow will be the tears of today

with some toothsome, salted, flesh along the way

the first tears of tomorrow will be the taste of today

look out boy 'cause it's headed your way

our knotted tongues are comin' undone, coming undone


she's got hands full of secrets and eyes full of clues

i'm just a morning paperboy holding yesterday's news

he's got hands full of secrets and eyes full of clues

i'm just yesterday's news building paper canoes

our knotted tongues are coming undone, coming undone



Words by travist.paine. 2001



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