Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar lyrics

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  1. Hands Down
  2. Rapid Hope Loss
  3. As Lovers Go
  4. Carry This Picture
  5. Bend And Not Break
  6. Ghost Of A Good Thing
  7. Am I Missing
  8. Morning Calls
  9. Carve Your Heart Out Yourself
  10. So Beautiful
  11. Hey Girl
  12. If You Can't Leave It Be, Might As Well Make It Bleed
  13. Several Ways To Die Trying




Hands Down

Breathe in for luck, breathe in so deep
This air is blessed, you share with me
This night is wild, so calm and dull
These hearts they race from self-control
Your legs are smooth as they graze mine
We're doing fine, we're doing nothing at all

My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me
So won't you kill me?
So I die happy
My heart is yours
To fill or burst
To break or bury
Or wear as jewelry
Whichever you prefer

The words are hushed, "let's not get busted"
Just lay entwined here undiscovered
Safe in here from all the stupid questions
"Hey did you get some?"
"Man, that is so dumb."
Stay quiet, stay near, stay close, they can't hear
So we can get some

My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me
So won't you kill me?
So I die happy
My heart is yours
To fill or burst
To break or bury
Or wear as jewelry
Whichever you prefer

Hands down, this is the best day I can ever remember
I'll always remember the sound of the stereo
The dim of the soft lights, the scent of your hair
That you twirled in your fingers
And the time on the clock when we realized it's so late
And this walk that we shared together
The streets were wet and the gate was locked
So I jumped it, and I let you in
And you stood at your door with your hands on my waist
And you kissed me like you meant it
And I knew, that you meant it
That you meant it
That you meant it
And I knew, that you meant it, that you meant it




Rapid Hope Loss

You called to say you wanted out
Well, I can't say I blame you now
Sometimes you've got to fold before you're found out
Well thanks for waiting this long to show yourself

Cause now that I can see you
I don't think you're worth a second glance

So much for all the promises you made,
They served you well
Now you're gone and they're wasted on me

So much for your endearing sense of charm
It served you well
Now it's gone and you're wasted on me

You called to say you wanted out
Well, I can't say I blame you now
Sometimes you've got to fold before you're found out
Well thanks, thanks for waiting this long to show yourself
To show yourself

And now that I can see you
I don't think you're worth a second glance

So much for all the promises you made,
They served you well
Now you're gone and they're wasted on me

So much for your endearing sense of charm
It served you well
Now it's gone and you're wasted on me

I guess that all you've got
Is all you're gonna
So much for, so much more..

I guess that all you've got
Is all you're gonna get
So much for, so much more

Do what you must
If that's what you wish
I can't be a party to this
You have sense that you were born with
You'll find a way to make things right

I guess that all you've got
Is all you're gonna get
So much for, so much more (x3)




As Lovers Go

she said, "i've gotta be honest,
you're wasting your time if you're fishing round here. "
and i said, "you must be mistaken,
cause i'm not fooling...this feeling is real."
she said...she said, "you gotta be crazy,
What do you take me for? Some kind of easy mark? "
No, you've got wits, you've got looks,
you've got passion, but I swear that you've got me all wrong.

all wrong.
all wrong.
but you got me...

i'll be true, i'll be useful...
i'll be cavalier...i'll be yours my dear.
and i'll belong to you...
if you'll just let me through.
this is easy as lovers go,
so don't complicate it by hesitating.
and this is wonderful as loving goes,
this is tailor-made, whats the sense in waiting?

and i said, "i've gotta be honest.
i've been waiting for you all my life.,
for so long i thought i was asylum bound.
but just seeing you makes me think twice.
and being with you here makes me sane,
i fear i'll go crazy if you leave my side.
you've got wits...you've got looks,
you've got passion but are you brave enough to leave with me tonight?"

tonight.
tonight.
but you've got me...

i'll be true, i'll be useful...
i'll be cavalier...i'll be yours my dear.
and i'll belong to you...
if you'll just let me through.
this is easy as lovers go,
so don't complicate it by hesitating.
and this is wonderful as loving goes,
this is tailor-made, whats the sense in waiting?
this is easy as lovers go,
so don't complicate it by hesitating.
and this is wonderful as loving goes,
this is tailor-made, whats the sense in waiting?




Carry This Picture

VERSE 1:
Carry this picture for luck,
kept in a locket,
tucked in your collar,
close to your chest.
Make it a secret;
shown to the closest friends.
Meet me at quarter to 7,
the sun will still shine then at this time of year.
We'll head to the inlet,
and we'll share a bottle there.

CHORUS:
And color the coast with your smile;
it's the most genuine thing I've ever seen.
I was so lost,
but now I believe.

VERSE 2:
Follow me south of the big docks
where they tether the boat,
and the rich men revere,
are so important,
they hire our fathers to steer.
And down to the edge of the water,
where we'll spill our guts,
and we'll name our fears.
I'll give your this picture...
keep it and don't be scared.

CHORUS (extended):
Color the coast with your smile;
it's the most genuine thing I've ever seen
I was so lost,
but now,
I believe in the coast.
Your smile is the most genuine thing I've ever seen.
I was so lost but now,
I believe.
Now i believe.
Now i believe.
Now i believe.

Structure:
Verse 1
Chorus
Verse 2
Chorus (extended)




Bend And Not Break

I catalog up these steps now
Decisive and intentioned
Precise and patterned specifically to yours
I'm talented at breathing
Especially exhaling
So that my chest will rise and fall with yours

I'm careful not to wake you
Fearing conversation
It's better just to hold you
And keep you pacified
I'm talented with reason
I cover all the angles
I can fail before I ever try

Try to understand there's an old mistake that fools will make
And I'm the king of them, pushing everything that's good away so
Wont you hold me now (I will not bend I will not break)
Wont you hold me now (I will not bend I will not break)

I am fairly agile
I can bend and not break
Or I can break and take it with a smile
And I am so resilient
I recover quickly
I'll convince you soon that I am fine

Try to understand there's an old mistake that fools will make
And I'm the king of them, pushing everything that's good away so
Wont you hold me now (I will not bend I will not break)
Wont you hold me now

Just hold me close to you, just hold me close to you
Just hold me close to you, just hold me close to you, to you

And try to understand there's an old mistake that fools will make
And I'm the king of them, pushing everything that's good away
So wont you hold me now?
Wont you hold me now?
Now, now, now, now, now




Ghost Of A Good Thing

I guess it's luck, but it's the same
Hard luck, you've been trying to tame
Maybe it's love, but it's like you said
"Love is like a role that we play."

But, I believe in you so much
I could die for the words that you say
But, I believe in you so much
I could die from the words that you say

But, you're chasin' the ghost of a good thing
Haunting yourself as the real thing
Is getting away from you again
While you're chasin' ghosts

I guess it's luck, but it's the same
Hard luck, you've been trying to tame
Maybe it's love, but it's like you said
"Love is like a role that we play."

But, I believe in you so much
I could die for the words that you say
But, I believe in you so much
I could die from the words that you say

But, you're chasin' the ghost of a good thing
Haunting yourself as the real thing
Is getting away from you again
While you're chasin' ghosts

Just bend the pieces 'till they fit
Like they were made for it
But, they weren't meant for this
No, they weren't meant for this

Just bend the pieces 'till they fit
Like they were made for it
But, they weren't meant for this

Chasin' the ghost of a good thing
Haunting yourself as the real thing
Is getting away, away, away, away from you again

Chasin' the ghost of a good thing
Haunting yourself as the real thing
Is getting away from you again
While you're chasin' ghosts




Am I Missing

Sharp disaster in a fresh new coma
Was it worth it when it was over
Proving yourself right
You'd make the biggest noise
I'd lock my hands behind my head
I'd cover my heart and hit the deck
I'd brace myself for the impact if I were you

(It's a long way) Is there anything
(For an answer) Worth looking for
(Is there any news) Worth loving for
(Is there any word) Worth lying for
(Is there trauma) Is there anything
(Or a struggle) Worth waiting for
(Am I missing) Worth living for
(Was the body found) Worth dying for

Repeat x2




Morning Calls

Morning calls for pain relief
A line above the step beneath
The worst that you could do
And the best that you could hope for
Is hardly the best

Tepid water chase the pills
With turpentine and chamomile
And don't get cheap with the wine
You need to be up all of the time

Shield your eyes, conceal your lies.

Don't blink, everyone's watching.
They'll think you're up to something.
They need for you to be everything
that they cannot

Morning calls for pain relief
A line above the step beneath
The worst that you could do
And the best! that you could hope for
Is hardly the best

Tepid water chase the pills
With turpentine and chamomile
And don't get cheap with the wine
You need to be up--- all of the time

Shield your eyes, conceal your lies.

Don't blink, everyone's watching.
They'll think you're up to something.
They need for you to be everything
that they cannot

Don't blink, everyone's watching.
They'll think you're up to something.
They need for you to be everything
that they cannot be themselves----
be themselves------




Carve Your Heart Out Yourself

Carve your heart out yourself
Hopelessness is your cell
Since you've drawn out these lines
Are you protected from trying times?

Man it takes a silly girl to lie about the dreams she has
Lord it takes a lonely one to wish that she had never dreamt at all
Oh Lord, now, there you go with hope again
Oh, you're so sure I'll be leaving in the end

Dig a ditch deep enough
To keep you clear of the sun
You've been burned more than once
You don't think much of trust

Man it takes a silly girl to lie about the dreams she has
Lord it takes a lonely one to wish that she had never dreamt at all
Oh Lord, now, there you go with hope again
But I'll be sure your secret is safe with me
Oh, you're so sure I'll be leaving in the end
Treating me like I'm already gone

But I'm not, I will stay where you are always
I will stay, I will stay, I will stay (all of now)
[repeat to fade out]




So Beautiful

I heard that you were home again,
but you don't look like you're back to me
with your focuses changing,
your gaze is transfixed
a point that i can't often see

you've got your new ties,
I've got my old knots,
you've got your inside lines
but you're never happy with what you've got

careful now
you're so beautiful
when you've convinced yourself
that no one else is quite as beautiful

I heard that you were living well,
but you don't look like you're living to me
though the sparkle is gone,
your smile is in place
so that everyone watching can see
you've got them all convinced

but I know it so well
that you could list your friends
but you can't count on them

hold it now
you've got everyone convinced
that you're alright
when no one else is quite as vulnerable

as soon as you got it you want something else
it's not the sale that you love it's the sell
it's not the price that going to cost you
it's just the weight that's going to bring you
down, down, down, down

it's going to bring you
down, down, down, down, down

repeat 2x

hold it now
you've got everyone convinced
that you're alright
noone else is quite as vulnerable

careful now
you're so beautiful
when you've convinced yourself
noone else is quite as beautiful (you're so beautiful)

as soon as you got it you want something else
it's not the sale that you love it's the sell
it's not the price that going to cost you
it's just the weight that's going to bring you
down, down, down, down

it's going to bring you
down, down, down, down, down(you're so beautiful)

as soon as you got it you want something else
it's not the sale that you love it's the sell
it's not the price that going to cost you
it's just the weight that's going to bring you,
down...




Hey Girl

Hey girl, you've got a smart way
About you that makes me wish that I was smart enough for you
Hey girl, you've got a fine laugh
And I think that I can get used to that
And you're already used to laughing at me

So what if your friends think I'm crazy, well
I wasn't trying to impress those girls anyway
They're all theory, no action
Where I'm from we live
like it's the latest attraction

Hey girl, you've got a short fuse
and I've got designs on lighting you up
and setting you off
and watching you burn for me

The world lives for the weekends
Well I watched as my weeks bleed right into them
Without a line to divide what is theirs
and what is mine

So what if your friends think I'm crazy, well
I wasn't trying to impress those girls anyway
They're all theory, no action
Where I'm from we live like it's the latest attraction

Go on, go on, your cruel intentions
Won't solve your problems,
Everyone's gotta get bottom
Bottomed out in the long run
And those are the times you need love

Go on, go on, your cruel intentions
Won't solve your problems,
Everyone's gotta get bottom
Bottomed out in the long run
And those are the times you need love

Go on, go on, your cruel intentions
Won't solve your problems,
Everyone's gotta get bottom
Bottomed out in the long run
And those are the times you need love




If You Can't Leave It Be, Might As Well Make It Bleed

What you've found sure upsets you
Never saw it coming did you?
Its easy to be surprised with both your eyes sewn closed
Handled with great precision, another thoughtless execution
You're the subject of this exhibition
A willing cadaver, a willing cadaver.
Scalpel, sutured.
Made whole again.

These cuts are leaving creases
Trace the scars, fit the pieces
Tell your story, you don't need to say a word.
Call off the cavalry, can't save a wretch like me.
Clean this with kerosene.
If you can't leave it be might as well make it bleed.
Scalpel, sutured.
Made whole again.

Your wires are frayed, can't fire right
You look better when out of sight
You were not made to stand and fight
There's something better wrong with you

Your wires are frayed, can't fire right
You look better when out of sight
You were not made to fire right
There's something better wrong with you

Your pulse is anemic, you're tired of the fire
You're bruising too easy and falling behind
And no one is waiting for you.
And no one is waiting for you.
And no one is waiting for you.

Call off your quarantine, can't save the rest from me
Clean this with kerosene.
If you can't leave it be might as well make it bleed.
Scalpel, Sutured.
Made whole again.

Your wires are frayed, can't fire right
You look better when out of sight
You were not made to stand and fight
There's something better wrong with you
[x2]




Several Ways To Die Trying

Pacific sun,
You should have warned us it gets so cold here
And the night can freeze before you set a fire
And our flares go unnoticed, diminished
Faded just as soon as they are fired.

We are, we are, intriqued
We are, we are, invisible

Oh how we shouted, how we screamed
Take notice, take interest, take me with you
When all our fears fall on deaf ears tonight
They're burning the roads they built to lead us to the light
And blinding our hearts with their shining lies

We're closing our caskets, cold and tight
But I'm dying to live.....

Pacific sun,
You should have warned us these heights are dizzying
And the climb can kill you long before the fall
And our trails go unmarked and unmapped, and
Covered just as soon as they are crossed.

We are, we are, intriquing
We are, we are, desirable

Oh how we shouted, how we screamed
Take notice, take interest, take me with you
When all our fears fall on deaf ears tonight
They're burning the roads they built to lead us to the light
And blinding our hearts with their shining lies

Oh how we shouted, how we screamed
Take notice, take interest, take me with you
When all our fears fall on deaf ears tonight
They're burning the roads they built to lead us to the light
And blinding our hearts with their shining lies.....
(fades out)