The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: Missy

The Airborne Toxic EventFrom The Album The Airborne Toxic Event (2008, 2009)
Lyrics by Mikel Jollett


Missy got off the bus one day in a crowded depot in downtown L.A. She looked around as if to say: “I’m home.”

“I’ll find someone to love and someplace to drink and some time when I can just sit and think, and I don’t mind if I catch the stink of these drones, just as long as I’m never alone.”

She had eyes as big as porcelain plates and skin as thin as paper drapes and she loved the Lord the way an apostate loves psalms.

And she sing to him before she went to sleep: “I pray to you my soul to keep. If you’re a shepherd, then I’ll be your sheep until dawn.”

“I’d follow you even if it was wrong.”

I met her one night at the coffee shop, her face so bright, my heart just stopped.

“Hello, my dear, I fear I’m not what I seem. I should have become a better man. I should be more deserving than the beggar, thief and courtesan I’ve been.”

“I swear, I lie, I curse all of my dreams.”

“But I swear there’s still some good in me and I think if you stuck around you’d see all the honest attempts at integrity I once had.”

“Maybe you could help me to get it right: why I stay awake almost every night, staring at the ceiling, wondering why I feel so bad.”

“I swear I’ll never get sad.”


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