Jamie, Why Did We Ever Part?

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written in 2008

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every day at work i think about your arms
and the tiny hairs that tickle at my skin
of the bruises in a line along your shins
and the scream on the stairs that caused alarm

on the train back home i wonder if you're there
shooting arrows at the target in the backyard
you once said to me that archery is hard
but you tend to make that arrow go anywhere

i proclaim that you have shot me in the heart
and you're more worried about the loss of blood
oh jamie, why did ever we part?

in the window are the drawings we both made
two stick figures holding sticky hands
and by the shoebox full of rubber bands
are our priceless picures saved in rubbermaids

i keep your best perfume beside my bed
when i sleep i smell you running through my head
please believe me when i say
our lives have gone a bit astray
but i hope you'll be my lover in the end

i proclaim that you have shot me in the heart
and you're still worried about the loss of blood
oh jamie, why did ever we part?

we've got a history that's full of random casualties
but i can't seem to separate the love i have for you
with all the broken plates and every miserable date
oh jamie, jamie what do i have to do to forget you?

every night at home i watch tv alone
desperate housewives doesn't seem that funny now
and i hope you're watching too, and wond'ring how
you could watch a show so vain and overblown

i proclaim that you have shot me in the heart
but now i know how to pull the arrow out
oh jamie, why did ever we part?

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from The End, released January 1, 2014

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