Second Best

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The phone shocks you out of sleep like a fire alarm
He reaches to answer it but you restrain his arm
She cries so hard it distorts the speaker
On the answering machine
And there you lie in between

You ask him if he loves you and he tells you yes
But he’s never going to settle for second best
It’s natural to want the thing you can’t possess
Which is why to him you’ll always be second best

Against your own advice you fell in love with him
After she let him go on just another whim
But now she sees that somebody treasures him
Suspicion fills her mind
What did she leave behind?

He needs to have something just beyond his reach
Drama and action and uncertainty
The relentless pursuit of insecurity
All those things he provides for you
Though you’ll never admit you crave them too

At their computer screens
They talk without a sound
His wallet still hides the proof of paradise unfound
He never finished the song he wrote for her
The ending wasn’t clear
When would she reappear?


from Something Beautiful, track released October 29, 2002


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