05 Rib Cage

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I never followed anyone so far out.
I would have stood by you until the sun burned us down.
I separated all the other one's who were crowding 'round your throne,
you wouldn't believe what I'd do for you.
But I won't.

You never felt so cold as you did last night.
I never thought it could be so vacant.
Why can't it be like other nights when I held you in my arms?
I don't believe it meant anything to you.
So I won't waste my time.

Where was the knife you left in me last night?
Was it your perfect beauty that caught me by the rib cage?
I just wanted to hold you for the night.
What was that flash of callous indifference?
I could guess that you've found somebody new.

From where I lay awake I could see you still sleeping.
I should have been next to you but you made yourself as clear as the glass wall that kept me over there, on your couch.
You seemed complacent just to be far enough from me until I had to leave,
but I'd never ever waste your time.

…I could ask,
Maybe I shouldn't have set myself up for another?
Crossing the state lines alone with my thoughts turning over.
Endlessly wading back home.

I can't look at you when you've turned to another,
Can't get myself out of here any faster,
Endlessly wading back home.

Pulled off the road, alone in a motel.
I can't fall asleep because my body is too cold, trying to shut her out.


from The Queen, released June 19, 2012
Performed by Dan Ellis and MJTIII

Engineered by MJTIII (mjtiii.tumblr.com)

Mixed by Ryan Siegel (@RyanEXOE)

Mastered by Evan Miles Anderson

Art by Matt Capucilli (www.mattcapucilli.com)



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A Modern Animal New York, New York

A Modern Animal is Dan Ellis

EP Performances:

Dan Ellis - guitar, vocals, bass

Michael John Thomas III - drums, bass, keyboards, synthesizers

All music and lyrics written by Dan Ellis
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