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Shell Games Lyrics

from The People's Key

"Shell Games" is track #2 on the album The People's Key. It was written by Conor Oberst.
"Shell Games" is track #2 on the album The People's Key. It was written by Conor Oberst.

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Took the fireworks and the vanity
The circuit board and the city streets
Shooting star, swaying palm tree
Laid it at the arbiter's feet

If I could change my mind, change the paradigm
Prepare myself for another life
Forgive myself for the many times
I was cruel to something helpless and weak

But here it come, that heavy love
I'm never gonna move it alone
Here it come, that heavy love
Tag it on a tenement wall

Here it come, that heavy love
Someone got to share in the load, oh
Here it come, that heavy love
I'm never gonna move it alone

I was dressed in white, touched by something pure
Death obsessed like a teenager
Sold my tortured youth, piss and vinegar
I'm still angry with no reason to be

At the architect who imagined this
For the everyman, blessed Sisyphus
Slipping steadily into madness
Now that's the only place to be free

But here it come, that heavy love
You're never gonna move it alone
Here it come, that heavy love
Tattooed on a criminal's arm

Here it come, that heavy love
Someone got to share in the load, oh
Here it come, that heavy love
You're never gonna move it alone

No, I don't wanna play
It's a shell game, it's a shell game

Distorted sounds on oscilloscopes
Distorted facts I could never cope
My private life is an inside joke
No one will explain it to me

We'll be everything that we ever needed
Everyone, on the count of three
Everyone, on the count of three
All together now

Here it come, that heavy love
We're never gonna move it alone
Here it come, that heavy love
Playing as the cylinder rose

Here it come, that heavy love
I only wanna share in the load
Here it come, that heavy love
I'm never gonna move it alone

Songwriters
Conor Oberst

Published by
BEDROOMS BEDROOMS AND SPIDERS;SONY/ATV SONGS LLC

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