The Backlight

by Shane Sweeney

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I should have given up that scene
watch the ashes fall from your cigarette
what could that mean
and you made your way from this one to that
like the May Queen
In a parking lot confessional night
I was hoping against hoping that I got the words right
But I guess I never know enough, to let it be

I always take it all too far
as if each letter held an ounce of regret
all dying stars
I made a promise that I'd let you go back
and I played that card
but I'd really love to see you today
and I'm hoping against hoping that you feel the same way
but, I guess I've got the room on my back for one more scar

and I'm not saying that you owe me more, than what we've had
and I know that its no good to become a world record fad
I'd like to break all of these tensions down
before they end in spite

But I'd really love to see you tonight
and I'm hoping against hoping that you're doing alright
but, I guess I can always fade in the backlight


released May 26, 2015



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