Drop Dead

by Mark O'Keefe

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lyrics

You say that it's over and this ghost should be set free
One leg in the grave, and you're still calling out to me
Let go of that headstone - ease your grip now, yes indeed
Your Judgment Day is nigh - at least it seems as such to me
Drop Dead
That’s exactly what you said to do
but, when I didn’t
We lived iniquity
Drop Dead
Make a wish upon my head
"Here to help" - yeah, but instead
You dropped your hammer on me

You’re screaming and crying from your death bed for mercy
You want to make nice, a blind eye to your dirty deeds
But saying ain't doing - you've a fiction pedigree
You've lied and lied and lied, then lied some more to me
Drop dead
That’s exactly what you said
to do - but, when I didn’t
You kept vigil downstream
Drop dead
Perpetuating this impasse
Slithering in the crab grass
It drops a hammer on me

I said... (emission) then you said
(elision) then you said
(elision) then you said you... never heard a word about it
I said... (omission) then you said
(elision) then you said
(elision) then you...

Ah, then it hit me... and then it hit me... and then it hit me... and then it hit me and then...
Ah, then it hit me... and then it hit me... and then it hit me... and then it hit me and then...
Ah, then it hit me... and then it hit me... and then it hit me... and then it hit me and then ah...

Your judgment train has come, and time to pay the fee
The cost is what you’ve wrought; the price is never free
Everywhere I go I bear your baggage - I swear to you
This is your last train wreck – no more damage you can do
Drop dead
That’s exactly what you said
to do - but, when I didn’t
You put your roots on me
Drop dead
Smokestack lightning in cement
Deny your sins without repent
I set that monkey free!
Then it hit me...

All of those beliefs
Offered only grief
And severed bonds of blood
Such a waste of time
Needing to be right
One day we all drop... dead

It's not that complex... It's not so simple... It's out of context... It's just a reflex...
It's not a contest... It's not a problem... I'm not your project... why try to fix this...
Even you were amazing in your own way

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released January 19, 2015
Music and lyrics by Mark O'Keefe - copyright 2015 All Rights Reserved
Gary Schwartz - Arrangements and All Things That Go Bang
Mark O'Keefe - All Things That Twang, All Things That I Sang... and Keys.
Artwork design - Mark O'Keefe
Original Public Domain Photograph - "Train Wreck at Montparnasse 1895" taken at Montparnasse Station, at Place de Rennes side (now Place du 18 Juin 1940), Paris, France, author unknown.
Additional Photography - Linda Jones

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