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Bittersweet memories are too hard to forget
It hurts too much to be happy
It feels too good to be sad
So we settle for less
We settle
Deep down in our seats
Sinking, bottomless, dark
Gripping the handlebars tightly
never letting go of the yearnings we felt
just a while ago

We settle for cold nights and  silent treatment
Pecks on the cheeks and one night stands
Martini kisses and dividends
We make due with fake car chases and
Tooth fairy dreams

So we settle for the comfort instead of the 
Pursuit of the Flashing Lights
Thrill of the chase,

Crash and Burn

Laughing at night with hands entwined
Fingers laced with the knowledge

That we all ache the same 
Inside our chests
Heavy and delicious
In such a delusional way
At 3:46 in the morning we leave the residual 
Pain in the dust
Sunrise in our eyes
Blink twice
Amnesia of the brain
And we settle

In comfortable lives until the day we awake
Looking in the mirror
And saying


Trying to stop each other walking out the door

Still gripping the handlebars

Begging for another chance
Another game to play, 
Give me another hand, deal it out
But it always plays out the same

Watching the stars in cosmetic mechanics and matching principles
Trying to understand 
Negative space
The universe in quantum medicine and teardrops in their eyes
The fake smile of his lips, the curve of her spine

And we settle
For another day

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