JULIET TURNER


On Short Loan Only Lyrics

on short loan only.

i have no breath left, perhaps i'm drowning.
for sure there are a lot of tears, but i'm not crying.
funny that, being dead.
that i might weep for love, but only in my head.

they take the tray bring round the tea, customs calling.
they've ribboned off a room for eating in and another room for grieving.
whiskey burns, sheds the coats,
but the ones who need it most are too ragged in the throat.

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and they would have me sing of you that you were just on loan, another flower in the basket of the master.
but if i bite the tongue that speaks of you and i change your room around,
will i forget you, will i forget you any faster?

you were a weight upon their shoulders, they carried you so far.
too big for sympathy at school, a bright and lawless spark.
they're building up your image now and they're playing by their empty social rules.

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and they would have me sing of you, that you were just on loan.
another flower in the basket of the master.
but if i bite the tongue that speaks of you, and i change your room around,
will i forget you, will i forget you any faster?

sometimes i dream that you are back.
imagine what it would be like,
to see how'd we spend the day,
but i think we'd still only fight.
you haven't gone beyond my love, beyond my care.
there has to be a heaven somewhere.

its good to be remembered, but i know you'd hate their show,
and i wish before you left that they had thought to let you know.
its good to be remembered, but i shouldn't have let you go,
and i wish before you left that i had only let you know.

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