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Torn up Town

There’s a train pulling out into the middle of the world 
In this torn up town no one would know the difference
It’s all broken glass and paper Mache dolls with painted faces
Slipping through the torn stockings in your mothers lingerie drawer
Lipstick on a napkin next to cigarette ashes
It’s a torn up town
It’s a torn up town
Bourbon gurgles over tinkling ice cubes
So cute but yet they melt like your smile 
When I mention your alcoholic copper lips
Dripping melancholy dangling participles 
There’s the midnight train out here
It’s not too late
It’s not too late
I can't leave because I started with bad directions
And I think we know where that can get you, don’t we?
I'll skip the champagne and watch the balloons rise 
Time ticks out its monotonous cadence and I watch the fires burn
It’s a torn up town
It’s a torn up town 


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