The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: One Time Thing

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

One Time Thing

When I woke up today, I got your message on my phone. You said, “Hey I had fun. Did you ever make it home?” I tried to read between the lines, “Oh yeah, I’m doing fine. Feels like my head is made of moonshine and cheap-ass wine.” My best friend told me I should just stop looking for a sign.

So OK, you told me it was just a one time thing, a spark on gasoline. So what could I say? If you tell me it don’t mean a thing, yeah, somebody told me you were mean.

Then in a couple of days, I get this photograph of you. The message says, “You lonely too? Do you want to tell me what to do?” I thought maybe it was a line, when we spoke that one last time… “Sounds like your breath is full of moonshine and cheap-ass wine.” My best friend told me I should just stop looking for a sign.

So OK, you told me it was just a one time thing, a spark on gasoline. So what could I say? If you tell me it don’t mean a thing, yeah, somebody told me you were like a machine and so damn mean. My mind’s torn to pieces every time I try to jump up on this trampoline.

Why don’t you tell me what you mean?

Why don’t you tell me I was just your mistake? How long can this take? How many sleepless nights can I go over every second while I’m lying awake?

So OK, if this is really just a one time thing, I think I’ve lost something. What else can I say? I don’t blame you for a single thing. Yeah, somebody told me I should stay away. But I can’t help it I want one more thing. Silence is deafening. I can’t put you away. And I don’t blame you for a single thing.

Yeah, somebody told me you were mean.

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