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M. Shepard

This song is by Thursday and appears on the album War All the Time (2003).

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The stage is set to rip the wings from a butterfly
The stage is set
The stage is set, don't forget to breathe...
Between the lines

If the whole world dies
Then it's safe to take the stage
These graves will stretch like landing on strips
Hospitals are dead museums
We won't have to be afraid anymore
The crowd is growing silent with the gathering storm

When the curtain falls
And you're caught on the other side
Just trying to keep up the act
We'll lie in the back of black cars
With the windows rolled up
Joining the procession of emptiness

If we say these words
It will be too late to take them back
So we hold our breathe and fold our hands like paper planes
We're going to crash!
We don't have to be alone (we don't have to be alone)...
Ever again, there's a riot in the theater
Someone's standing the aisle

Yelling that the murderers are everywhere and they're lining up
Carving the M in your side
Standing low this time

When the curtain falls
And you're caught on the other side
Just trying to keep up the act
We'll lie in the back of black cars
With the windows rolled up
Just joining the procession of emptiness

The stage is set to rip the wings from the butterfly

Pull the curtain back
Kill all the house lights
Pin the dress with lotus flowers
The silk is spinning around and around
With the ceiling fan
I'm disappearing into the spotlight
I'm on display
With the butterfly and the scare crow

With smiles like picket fences
You tie us all up and leave us outside
That voice is silent now
The boat has sunk, we're on our own
But we're not going to run

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