Peter Greenstone

‘The Pain Game’

This is a twisted game we play each other every day

the pain you feel is nothing strange

so take it as you will

When at last you feel safe
and everyone’s changed
we’ll just do it again

Nothing is as empty as that smile you’re giving me
the fleeting light will evanesce like waves across the rolling sea

When you’ve had enough pain
and it all feels the same
you’ll just do it again

I feel it calling me
to where I began

It’s the same old game we’ve played
each time we meet it hurts the same

How many times has it happened
How many times been forgotten
In the end you know we’ll
do it again and again and again and again

The act of loving someone that you feel the need to change
will take you to an endless plane
so take what you can get

And when at last your time comes
and there’s nobody home
to say it isn’t so

I feel it calling me
to where I began

how many times
how many times
how many times
how many times

‘With Me’

I’ve been a long time thinking of you
Putting off the whole sad affair
You tried to spare me the pain
You chose your words too late
You chose your words too late

Well I’m looking back through the vignette of my pinhole eye
been pushing through this fog so long I’m going blind
Who could blame you running off like that
when you could still be here with me
like me
indeed
with me
yes, indeed

Withered love and a ballad that drags on and on
You would go back to that place
but everyone has long since been gone
and dispersed into space

I don’t know you anymore
but I miss you somehow
I’m not holding out for your hurt
though I need it now

We work so hard to change
yet we fight it every step of the way
And you’re no exception, you struggle every day
but you just can’t seem to change
no you just can’t seem to change

Withered love and a ballad that drags on and on
You would go back to that place
but everyone has long since been gone
and dispersed into space

I don’t know you anymore
but I miss you somehow
I’m not holding out for your hurt
though I need it now

I know I’m just seeing ghosts
Shadows play tricks in this fog
‘Cause you vanished so close
to me you’ve been near all along
with me
all along
like me
all along

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