Band​-​Aids On My Heart

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I didn't set out to write a Johnny Cash-esque song, but this one sure as hell ended up that way. It's called "Band-Aids On My Heart" and it's the first straight-ahead "boom chicka" song I've ever written. Probably won't be the last, either... there's something about that rhythm that inspires a really nice drawl to the lyrics, very enjoyable to write to.

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You were tired of living in the wreckage
Of a crash you've made me tell you all about
Some things broken never do get mended
They just learn how to act whole when they go out
Nobody I know says I can blame you
For leaving when the tears begin to start
And all that I can do is call you names that make me blue
Cause I got too many band-aids on my heart

You could never trust me but you made me feel safe
For 18 days and half as many months
You kept finding wounds I meant to cover
And made me say where each of them was from
Nobody I know says I can hate you
For leaving when you see me fall apart
And all that I can do is call you names that make me blue
Cause I got too many band-aids on my heart

You fit me like a glove but you got too used to my fist
When it banged against that door you liked to lock
And I'm sorry for not the space to just exist
Cause god knows I'm a man that likes to talk
Nobody I know says I can curse you
But the hell with them they know that I'm not smart
Cause all I know to do is call you names that make me blue
Cause I got too many band-aids on my heart

And of course you call me sober
When I'm three sheets to the wind
And you say that you'd come over
But you can almost smell the gin
And that was always like you
At your best while I was hurting
Though everybody says you're at your best
Now you're alone

Cause you were going crazy living in the wreckage
Of this spun out metal husk I call my life
And I was too self-centered to see the damage
I was causing you by making you my wife
Nobody I know thinks I should write you
They say that we'll be happier apart
So all that I can do is call you names that make me blue
Cause I got too many band-aids on my heart

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from Green Curtain Songs, released September 21, 2017

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Nate Paladino California

I write and sing sad songs that sometimes sound happy. Mostly about love and toxic masculinity.

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