I Cannot Live With Your Ghost

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From "Nothing Is Ruined" (2011)

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I can not live with your ghost in this house,
So don't go dying on me!
Don't go skipping to the next world, my friend:
It won't come easily!
I can not live with your ghost in this town,
That empty place on our stage,
The harmony you used to sing in our song,
The paragraph you wrote on my page.
Don't go dying on me.
Don't go dying on me.

I can not live with your ghost in my kitchen,
Telling stories that I will never hear.
The goddess calling you has turned into my devil,
Sharpening her tongue into a spear.
She wears the costume of a lord and savior
But look what she holds in her teeth:
A dagger painted red just like a rose,
And what a heart she carries underneath!
Go ahead and look what's underneath.
Look what's underneath.

I can not live with your ghost in this house,
So don't go dying on me!
The next world won't unfold like a flower;
There will be years of misery.
You strike the match and you strike up a song,
Burning bridges that I build.
I can not live with your ghost in this house
'Cause it's me you have killed.
And I won't be the last one that you kill.

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from Discrete Packets of Song: A Compilation, released December 12, 2016

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Aaron J. Shay Seattle, Washington

Sci-fi inspired banjo rock and literary ukulele. You're probably gonna like it.

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