The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: Chains

The Airborne Toxic Event, Dope MachinesFrom The Album Dope Machines (2015)
Published by Little Tokyo (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Mikel Jollett

Chains

Midnight, I stare out the window from my room,
I hear the dogs, it’s going to be dawn soon,
I wonder where you are.

In my mind’s eye, I’m floating alone in the night sky,
The treetops, the buildings beneath me,
I feel my heart beating.

So I try to find anything to kill the time,
To quiet my mind,
There’s got to be something.
There’s got to be someone

Else still awake, in this city I can’t take,
Another night, and I can’t stay,
I’ve got to break these chains away.

The bars close. We stumble around through the echoes,
Hiding our past in some old clothes,
Like it’s some dirty secret.

And I see your face in the passing light,
it’s no good tonight,
I’m tired of putting up this fight,
There’s got to be somewhere,
There’s got to be someone

Else still alive in this city. I can’t hide,
another night, and I can’t stay,
I’ve got to break these chains away.

They lean into the wind, riding on nerves and choking engines,
Built for a time now fifty years gone,
I can hear them whispering at the dawn.

When I’m alone in this cell,
With ten thousand words and nowhere to go,
And I wish you could know,
How much I still need you.

The spell of this town, the graves on the hill lit up like a crown,
The names on the signs, I can’t even say,
How to break these chains away.

Sometimes I feel the pain at the heart of this ember,
All these ashes I choke on, Does anyone remember
Where we came from?
Why we came to a place
With no center
and no edge
and no end?

 

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