And when the dream leaves, like the red balloon drifting away Each second it only gets further, and bluer the day And never mind getting it back, how could you have let go so soon And then you remember, it wasn't red, or a balloon But the homeless man wakes to an ungentle nudge from the cop He doesn't know what he keeps doing wrong, but he can't seem to stop And the cop's telling him to go, but he won't tell him where It's strange, you remember the first time you heard your mother swear You pay money you've never touched to people that you've never seen for some promise you don't understand, but could ruin everything And you're sure what you owe seems like more than these things could've cost And it's strange, you remember the first fistfight you ever lost On TV there's a man who they say may be next to lead this country They pick him to pieces, but you still hope it adds up to something It's absurd, you admit, but you were stirred by the speeches he gave It's strange when it occurs to you to visit your father's grave You climb into the shower and you can't seem to stay long enough Some things rinse right away, others you'll never be rid of Now you're crouched to the floor, filthy as any language you've heard Strange enough, you remember your first favorite four-letter word Oh, Love, the places and lengths that you'll go just to meet her In plain shape and shame to some bar, in disguise to some theater Oh, it's corny, it's tacky, but you're still glad that she made you come And then strange, you remember the first time you made yourself come So then you two retreat, where the lights and the judgment are softer And you grope for the switch in the dark, unmusical, awkward But then you find the tune, and she starts to hum like a machine Strange, you remember the one you crashed when you were sixteen Now she's sleeping soft, and you cradle her like your balloon And then, strange as a dream, it's floating right there in the room with you And you can't recognize it, or fathom what lightness it holds inside And you can't hold your ow, can you remember the last time you cried
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