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I have never liked the box of knives
You said was a paradox because you’re kind
But withstood a childhood that robbed you blind
Of love that was safe and so you learned to fight

I have never liked the box of knives
You said was a paradox because you’re kind
But withstood a childhood that robbed you blind
Of love that was safe and so you learned to fight

I have never liked the box of knives
You said was a paradox because you’re kind
But withstood a childhood that robbed you blind
Of love that was safe and so you learned to fight

What do I do with this stuff?
It seems like yesterday I called you up
I had a terrible case of the past
I didn’t know how to get it off
I didn’t know how to get it off

And you took your machete
And you sliced through the vines that wrapped around me
And you said, “I don’t know what I’m doing
So I’ll just keep on cutting
It’s worth a little blood to get your arms free”

I have never liked the box of knives
You said was a paradox because you’re kind
But withstood a childhood that robbed you blind
Of love that was safe and so you learned to fight

I have never liked the box of knives
You said was a paradox because you’re kind
But withstood a childhood that robbed you blind
Of love that was safe and so you learned to fight

What do I do with this stuff?
It seems like yesterday I was in love
I kept on hardening the soft spots up
I didn’t know how to get them off
I didn’t know how to get them off

And you took your machete
And you hacked through the wood in the surrounding
And you said,
“I don’t know where I’m going
I just know that I’m heading
From the dead things piling up behind me”

And you took your machete
And you carved out a path to my chest
And you said, “See?
There’s nothing not worth keeping
You’ve felt so many beatings
But nothing’s gonna work if you believe me
Nothing’s gonna work if you believe me”

I have never liked the box of knives
You said was a paradox because you’re kind
But withstood a childhood that robbed you blind
Of love that was safe and so you learned to fight

I have never liked the box of knives
You said was a paradox because you’re kind
But withstood a childhood that robbed you blind
Of love that was safe and so you learned to fight

I have never liked the box of knives
I took it to the oceanside the day you died
I stood out on the dock, no matter how hard I tried
I couldn’t drop it in and I collapsed and cried

What do I do with this stuff?
It seems like yesterday you were alive
And it’s as if you never really died
And it’s as if you never really died

And you took your machete
You said, “Boo, guess who
But seriously, beauty”
You said, “See?

You get the drill now, don’t you
It’s not a will or won’t you
Can’t keep making symbols out of nothing”

So I took your machete
And I sliced off your head
And you laughed, and you said, “See?
It’s just like anti-matter
It’s Dumbo’s magic feather
You don’t need me here to cut you
You don’t need me here to cut you
You don’t need me here to cut you
You don’t need me here to cut you
You don’t need me here to cut you free”

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from There Will Be No Intermission, released March 8, 2019

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performer, writer, giver, taker, listener, love-lover, rule-hater and co-founder of the Brechtian punk cabaret duo, The Dresden Dolls.

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