Can't Stay Awake

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Nothing comes as easy as the pain
You can see it in my eyes that I've exhausted
Even my skin
Everything I move begins to ache
The gristle and the muscle in my jaw strains my body
Tense and alive
So get in my car to take my leave

Driving over Afton mountain
Looking down upon the city lights below
I can't stay awake but I can't stop
Don't even know how far I have to go

If I were a rocket
Then my gaze would turn to tar the miles ahead
I could burn with one glance the miles
Between our beds
And all my clothes would turn to smoke and ash
I would stand before you naked as the day
Not hidden by the dark of my past
Now I let you see me at last

Now you see the other me
The one that sleeps, the one that dreams
Now you know me as I am and want to be
There is no show, there is no scheme
I am free

Living by the edge of dotted lines
Moving till they blur along the walls of my sight
So late at night
White noise blends all the sound I hear
The breeze of passing cars, the hum of motors
Are all I hear in my ears
But these few thoughts will ease my fear:

Alone, your body comes to me in waves
In the smell of sweat, in burning oak, in tobacco
Baby, in my dreams
Until the next time I should see your face
I will keep inside what you've taught me
The precious value of release
Until you're lying close, I will be

Driving over Afton mountain
Looking down upon the city lights below
I can't stay awake but I can't stop
Don't even know how far I have to go

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from Our Lady of Perpetual Motion, released February 10, 2006

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Eastern born, westbound. Austin, TX.

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