ohio is an island

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ohio is an island in the middle of the sea
and winter is a blanket you can curl up underneath
it's almost hibernation, it's kind of like a cave
an island with no beaches and a shoreline without waves

distance is the spyglass that i point across the sea
perspective is the language that i'd like to learn to speak
we're working out solutions to equations we can't read
we recognize the symbols but we don't know what they mean

so would you promise me you'll tell me
if you run across the key
to the door between our bedrooms
that blows open in the breeze

i don't know if i can stay here
but i don't know if i should leave
am i running from a ghost
or am i caught in the machine?

a pattern is the presence of a reoccurring shape
a circle is a line that turns around and never breaks
a plane without a runway with no fuel in the tank
plummets toward the city like a stone into a lake

but if you lay down in the hudson on a january day
the fuselage will burn but you'll be watching from the bank

as you recollect the nightmare in the morning
when you wake
do you recognize a pattern?
do you shudder at the shape?

tonight i'm sewing my eyes open
with a needle and a length of thread
and i'll try to keep my distance
lying six feet from your bed

i know that it's not easy watching dawn wake up again
when you've been blacking out the windows
to keep the light from coming in

cause when it comes it brings you comfort
and when it goes it brings you pain
you thought if you could stomp it out
then maybe you'd feel sane

but you can hear it in the distance
you still see it in your dreams
it's written on your back and it will never let you be

you can hear it in the distance
you can see it in your dreams
it's written on your back and it will never let you be

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from Both Girls, released April 1, 2011

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