A Joke About Death

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I tell a joke about death
To keep the air cool
I know that you know I’m going away
I know that you know that I cannot stay

You quake imperceptibly and bite your bottom lip
You always wanted to believe in something
Well, now you’ve got me, so go on - make me feel guilty

So just stay strong (liar, liar)
It won’t be long (liar, liar)
Until I do you wrong (liar, liar)
This is my black swan song and it doesn’t belong to anyone else but me

There’s always a mightier place that we go to
That’s better and brighter than what went before
So crack a smile for me while I compile my list
Of things to do before I die

I tell a joke about death
To reassert gravity
To pull the wool over your Bowie eyes
To pull the wool over your spaceman eyes

You’ve been hoisting me skyward - higher, much higher than I deserve to be
An apotheosis like a balloon full of hot air
How can I not even care?

So just stay strong (liar, liar)
It won’t be long (liar, liar)
Until I do you wrong (liar, liar)
This is my black swan song and it doesn’t belong to anybody else but me

The context was thin and the punchline was weak
And you didn’t laugh, no, you just blamed my mean streak
For carving a hole in which God could reside in your heart
Well, at least that’s a start

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from CAT 1: The Cat Returns, released November 7, 2011

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