Silver Jews:Random Rules

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“Random Rules”
Artist: Silver Jews
Albums: American Water (1998)

In 1984 I was hospitalized for approaching perfection
Slowly screwing my way across Europe
They had to make a correction
Broken and smokin' where the infrared
Deer plunge in the digital snake
I tell you, they make it so you can't shake hands
When they make your hands shake

I know you like to line dance
Everything so democratic and cool
But baby there's no guidance when random rules

I know that a lot of what I say has been lifted off of mens room walls
Maybe I've crossed the wrong rivers
And walked down all the wrong halls
But nothing can change the fact that we used to share a bed
And that's why it scared me so
When you turned to me and said

Yeah, you look like someone
Yeah you look like someone who up and left me low
Boy, you look like someone I used to know

I asked the painter why the roads are colored black
He said, Steve, it's because people leave
And no highway will bring them back
So if you don't want me I promise not to linger
But before I go I've gotta ask you, dear, about the tan line on your ring finger

No one should have two lives
Now you know my middle names are wrong and right
Honey we've got two lives to give tonight
To give tonight
To give tonight
To give tonight, oh oh oh oh oh