Damage Control

from by Cutting Room Floor

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Pretty thing come here I’m gonna sweet talk your ear off
when you say it’s on the house I smile and slink away
sweetheart darling honey baby sugar sweet pea
let me get it out of my system
I catch my flies with honey but bitterness looks so good on me
the kind of pretty you gotta squint to see
come here go away yeah I’ll give you a welcome to overstay
let’s talk about how small I am subwoofed against a wall
let’s talk about the noise that drums a tongue against a tied up tongue
how I don’t know the strength of my own undertow
how gravity pulls harder when you’re drunk
can’t tell what I consent to what you did or what you meant to
can’t tell who belongs under my wing
do I say how dare you or honey let me hold your hair for you
while you get it out of your system
and I own up to another bed the playing dumb the playing dead
how I’ve slipped off the hook since then
and I thought we were having fun here but who controls the damage done
when you want an inch and I give you an arm’s length
who gets to be the creep here little sister you shouldn’t be here
who commands a no man’s land where you won’t let go of my hand
who’s old enough to buy the booze whose bruises show whose shame is whose
what poison do I have to purge to unlearn unlearn unlearn unlearn
who gets to protect who from all the things we’ve seen men do
when those we can’t believe we trusted have taught us well in spite of us
when shame upon more shame’s a sunken continent too deep to name
when we can throw our weight hard as anyone
and us girls we can sweet talk all we want
we can use our hands and hips all wrong
gotta burn that bridge at both ends
the kind of ugly you gotta stare to see
honey baby sugar sweet pea
gotta get it out


from You Shouldn't Be Here, released May 31, 2013



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Cutting Room Floor Oberlin, Ohio

Cutting Room Floor is a queer, feminist, genre-bending punk 3-piece based in MI, MA, and NY. Also sometimes described as a psychic rock band from the underworld.

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