The Collage (For Ellie)

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I'm totally ripping off The Mountain Goats on this one. I'm not playing the same chords and this chorus has more of a stomp to it, but I was definitely taking cues from "No Children" when I put this one together. The lyrics are about the decay of a serious long term relationship and the tone is upbeat in a "dancing as the world burns" sort of way. Confessional yet dismissive, just the way I like my breakup jams!


My one chance at a normal life
Was one that I threw away
I don't seem to regret it
At least not today
All my friends hate each other
So no one else feels betrayed
And I have saved enough
To cover the hell to pay

I'm no longer the man I was
It seems that I have lost my cause
Or rather that it has been dropped
But I can't say that I'm too shocked

What happened to the man who begged
For this love to commence
Who thought that nothing else mattered
Whose longing never relents
The reality of my leap
Is such a shallow defense
For there were plenty of others
Who I shared in the events


So now it's the end
I'll try to pretend
That I'm a man of my word
Now that she is gone
It's time to move on
It's not the first time it's occurred
The closure I sought
Will never be caught
I didn't want it anyway
Add this sabotage
To the growing collage
And we'll see who will pay

Chorus (2x)


from Hope For Winter, released March 21, 2017
Music & Lyrics: Chris Latta



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