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Elizabeth Mary McCann

from First Aid for the Drowning by Matthew the Oxx

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When the court decided your fate
You were told that you'd have to wait
Underneath the bars, underneath the stars, and hope

Now you're older than you should
You're cold and you're always hungry
But you never give and you never have been alone

You were hoping to move further south
Where the waves are as big as a house
And you'd marry your queen in the moonlight just like in your dreams

It wasn't the first time you'd stolen a car
It was just a shame that you'd been in the bar
You could never have known that Elizabeth was on her way home

But the brakes came on way too late
At 90 you were driving too fast for the state
The law says it's 40 where Elizabeth was crossing the road

And the fact that you were only 18
Didn't affect the jury's spleen
'Lock him away till the day that he dies and throw away the key'

They served your sentence at the stand
Then they carried you off to the can
There is no happy ending, there's no way of mending Elizabeth Mary McCann


from First Aid for the Drowning, released December 31, 2015


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