This Old Town

Written by: Chris O'Brien and Antje Duvekot
Album: Little Red

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hello old town my old friend
with your plastic houses
and your picket fence
It’s been a long time since I paid the rent
you’re a stranger now to me

this house where the poet lived
half alive still mostly dead
with emily’s words beneath her bed
like she wrote them down for me
like she wrote them just for me

chorus:
time is a laughing fool
with an army of hitmen collecting her dues
I walk this town like an empty stage
now I’m haunting the phantoms
of my yesterday

my old school looks just the same
the friday glory and the monday pain
they never got me to play the game
they never got me to care
were you happy when I was gone
well you were not the only one
and I’ve never felt quite so alone
but I dance with lonely now
I dance with lonely now

chorus

I carved our names into that tree
now a scar is all there is to see
and I’m as ready now as I will ever be
to go my own way
so goodbye old town my old friend
with your plastic houses and picket fence
been a long time since I paid the rent
you’re a stranger now to me
and if a stranger’s all you see
you’re a stranger now to me
then a stranger’s all I’ll be