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11. A Martyr For My Love For You

She was sixteen

And six feet tall

In a crowd of teenagers

Coming out of the zoo.


She stumbled

Started to slip and fall

Teeter tottered on the top

Of patent leather shoes.


I happen to catch her and said

"maybe these ruby shoes are

A little cumbersome for you."


Maybe for you, now.


But not as shaky

As I must've seemed

Talking junk through her

Giggle little teenage dream.


And on the phone I could not compete

My dumb luck

Fake confidence

Was getting weak.


And for a sec

I thought I sounded sweet

But sure enough

In a gruff faint voice

I heard myself speak...


I could stay awhile

But sooner or later

I'll break your smile

And I can tell a joke

But one of these days

I'm bound to choke

And we might start to kiss

But I feel like I can't go

Through with this

And I bet we could build a home

But I know the right thing

For me to do

Is to leave you alone


I'm beginning to like you

So you probably won't get

What I'm going to do.


I'm walking away from you

It probably don't make

No sense to you.


But I'm trying to save you

From all of the things that

I'll probably say or do.


I'll probably do, now.


I could stay awhile

But sooner or later

I'll break your smile

And I can tell a joke

But one of these days

I'm bound to choke

And we might start to kiss

But I feel like I can't go

Through with this

And I bet we could build a home

But I know the right thing

For me to do

Is to leave you alone


You'll probably call me a fool

And say I'm doing exactly

What a coward would do.


And I'm beginning to like you

It's a shame

What a lame way to live

But what can I do?


Well I hope you appreciate

What I do...

I'm a martyr for my love for you


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