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Pygmalion
(Arkin)

If I knew what I know today
I'd have done it all the very same way.
But what you do won't be what I say. What a shame.
You knew but pretended, or so it seems
That I'm not the one who haunts your dreams
If you versus me is unfair teams, who's to blame?

You ask me now to wait here alone
Your intimate friend but just on the phone.
You can throw me out, but don't throw me a bone
It's too slow.
I can't compromise my desire.
In you there's a spark but in me there's a fire.
If I don't provide the fuel you require, let it go.

You'd mold me, you were my Pygmalion.
You told me I was yours to keep.
I'd hold you when your mind was ailin'.
But I knew you best when I'd watch you in your sleep.

Well it makes such sense to you, so strong.
If everything isn't right, it's wrong.
We'll be friends first and lovers before long--that's the plan?
So I stand back here and watch you now
Begin the voyage for your sacred cow.
I'd rather drink from the bottle than christen your bow. Understand?

You'd mold me, you were my Pygmalion.
You told me I was yours to keep.
I'd hold you when your mind was ailin'.
But I knew you best when I'd watch you in your sleep.

After all the love I haven't had
It's good to feel even if it feels bad.
I know I'm alive and I know I'm mad, and that's cool.
Some day you'll open your critical eyes
And look at yourself to see me in disguise
By then I'll be older and far too wise for you.

So don't mold me, you're not Pygmalion.
Don't scold me, all our secrets I've kept.
You don't know me, and it's not my failin'.
But you would have if you'd watched me when I slept.
You'd have known me if you'd watched me when I slept.
You'd have loved me if you'd watched me when I slept.

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from Oft Interred With Their Bones, released January 1, 1994
Written by Devin Arkin. Performed by The Good: Tony Rogers (vocals, guitar), Devin Arkin (vocals), John Scholvin (guitar), Greg Newman (drums), Scott Hedrick (bass)

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The Good Chicago, Illinois

The Good is the creation of singer / songwriters Tony Rogers (tonyrogers.bandcamp.com) and Devin Arkin (who died from brain cancer in late 2016), joined by John Scholvin (guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass), and John Goodman (drums). The band began making waves on the Chicago music scene in the early 90's; they've released 4 critically acclaimed full length studio albums, and more. ... more

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