The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: All for a Woman

The Airborne Toxic Event, All At OnceFrom The Album All At Once (2011)
Published by Primary Wave Airborne (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Mikel Jollett

All for a Woman

All of these grateful looks, all these grateful eyes, all these furious stares, these fretful sighs,
Promising everything to everyone, “We’ll be back soon, you’re my favorite one.”

“I’ll keep it quiet,” “I’ll hold you dear,” the whispering fills the ear,
“Tell me you’ll stay, we would have such fun,” and the lie you don’t need anyone.

The screams, the wails, and the calls, the headiness of the fall.
Ten thousand miles from where we began, I fell asleep with a picture in hand.

It was all for a woman.

You say that you’re grateful for the time alone, two years away, “No, I don’t miss home,”
Someone asks you if you ever think of her, and you smile politely and you demure.

But then all at once your head starts to swim, you can feel her breath on your skin,
You find that you stare at the same spot for days, she’s above you, below you in waves.

And you’re shivering cold, like you’re just ten years old, she’s lying asleep in your bed,
You’re standing beside her, the light from inside her, filling up the darkness in your head.

It was all for a woman.

And you’ve drowned in the teasing. You’ve forgotten the reason, the muse inspires the art,
You’d give anything for her to say them once more, the words you believed at the start.

Ten thousand miles from where it began, falling asleep with her picture in hand.
It was all for the look in her eye.

For the promise and the lie
Of a woman.


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