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Chalk Outlines

Chalk Outlines
By Kevin Robey
August 1, 2013

[verse 1]
My heart is on fire
Devoured by flames
My mind is too tired
To recall the names

All the things I never said
Everything I ever did
Comes back to this bed
And the time that you hid

The ice melting in my veins
That are made of glass
The fire burning my name
And my soul in the past

I can’t feel your heart
Running out of time
Signs when they start
Telling stories of crime

[chorus]
I’ll tell you one thing that you never knew
Chalk outlines in this crime scene were true
Here lay all that was left of the man I could never be
Was it was justice or mercy that cast me back to the sea?

[verse 2]
Every lash I ever laid on you
Playing on repeat in my head
The damage done is visibly true
Along with blood that I have shed

Ready again the shining knife
Retreat to somber melodies
Hope the blade can save my life
I can even hear you judging me

Can’t you see my honesty?
I DON’T WANT TO BE SAVED
Please burn every part of me
Pour my ashes into the grave

A soul of the damned 
I’ll be ok
A body in demand
For one final day

[Chorus]
I’ll tell you one thing that you never knew
Chalk outlines in this crime scene were true
Here lay all that was left of the man I could never be
Was it was justice or mercy that cast me back to the sea?

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 2:47:00 PM

    Wow, this is great! Not only is it so moving and relatable, it would make such a great song! Thanks for the inspiration, the realism is amazing.