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I've Been a Gaylord

This song is by Pet and appears on the album Pet (1996).

His jaw has fallen
And said bones smooth away

You finger for the shape of
Him with your hands

But these teeth won't twitch
Or tongue a word

His mouth rounds over
And you don't recognize him

The skin's so loose
You can slip on his face

And with a few flicks,
Gestures lay into place again

You speak his words
That you've written on your hand

But with no voice to match,
They spit up in your lap

And people laugh
Because they don't recognize it


Can you sincerely incant
To bring him back?

Can you be a girly man
And let him go?

Or will you just zip
Into his empty skin?

Plant his lonely bones
And be his puppet ghost

Until there are only his words
Left to say

Until you are nothing
But his sweet jackie-o

Until you don't recognize
Yourself

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