Something That Your Grandmother Made

from by When I Was 12

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we sat on your bed quilted and covered with something that your grandmother made
i wondered if she'd be happy about the way you were treating me
i closed my eyes i tried not to cry because you said you liked them brave
but i'm growing tired from attempts not to let my heart cave

you smoked a cigarette watching with helpless eyes you noted
that just like your plants love and everything else you know must die

you told me you wanted to be surrounded by a herd of yellow butterflies
and that this had never left your lips until now you kept it inside
but i know that you have deeper and darker secrets
so that's why i said i didn't know if i could keep this


from Recollections of Affection, track released August 2, 2010



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