Lyrics

Musical lyrics from Shooting Star’s album Collateral Damage are speckled throughout the book. Here are those lyrics, which provide a glimpse into Adam’s psyche these past three years. Foreign readers, I know many of you wanted to see the lyrics in English, pre-translation, so here you go.

Needle and thread flesh and bone
Spit and sinew, heartbreak is home.
Your suture lines, they sparkle like diamonds
Bright stars to light my confinement
“Stitch,” Collateral Damage, Track 4

The bow is so old, its horsehair is glue
Sent to the factory, just like me and like you
So how come they stayed your execution?
The audience roars its standing ovation
“Dust,” Collateral Damage, Track 9

I’ll be your mess, you be mine
That was the deal that we had signed
I bought a hazmat suit to clean up your waste
Gas masks, gloves, to keep us safe
But now I’m alone in an empty room
Staring down immaculate doom
“Messy” Collateral Damage, Track 2

The clothes are packed off to Goodwill
I said my goodbyes up on that hill
The house is empty, the furniture sold
Soon your smells will decay to mold
Don’t know why I bother calling, ain’t nobody answering
Don’t know why I bother singing, ain’t nobody listening
“Disconnect” Collateral Damage, Track 10

Barrel of the gun, rounds one two three
She says I have to pick: choose you, or choose me
Metal to the temple, the explosion is deafening
Lick the blood that covers me
She’s the last one standing
“Roulette” Collateral Damage, Track 11

There’s a piece of lead where my heart should beat
Doctor said too dangerous to take out
You’d better just leave it be
Body grew back around it, a miracle, praise be
Now, if only I could get through airport security
“Bullet” Collateral Damage, Track 12

The boogeyman sleeps on your side of the bed
Whispers in my ear: “Better off dead.”
Fills my dreams with sirens and lights of regret
Kisses me gently when I wake up in a sweat
“Boo!” Collateral Damage, Track 3

You crossed the water, left me ashore
It killed me enough, but you wanted more
You blew up the bridge, a mad terrorist
Waved from your side, threw me a kiss
I started to follow but realized too late
There was nothing but air underneath my feet
“Bridge” Collateral Damage, Track 4

Are you happy in your misery?
Resting peaceful in desolation?
It’s the final tie that binds us
The sole source of my consolation
“Blue” Collateral Damage, Track 6

Someone wake me when it’s over
When the evening silence softens golden
Just lay me on a bed of clover
Oh, I need help with this burden
“Hush” Collateral Damage, Track 13

First you inspect me
Then you dissect me
Then you reject me
I wait for the day
That you’ll resurrect me
“Animate” Collateral Damage, Track 1

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