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Since eighty five I ran around the house
A dyed turtle shell on my head
My hair was bleach blond
Flying back in the wind
Like I was on a rocket, I always did my part
Rose to elevate, compared it to the charts
My childhood, growing tall, full grown
It has always been so real
Now that tiger on my le tigre runs by my heart
As it pounces to the words sliding from the lips
All the promises that rest in your chest pocket
Can’t find the words
And this morning I wake to pat down my hair
Smiling grin, I don’t want to not fit in
Got to keep my ten
Cause when we met, it was fate?
The answer is thanks

Love is raw, love is raw
If it’s not, it was fake
Write it all down, it don’t have to be deep or tall
Cause you can’t pause love
I don’t want something that is fake

I dug hanging with that girl at her place
It was in the burbs west of the Lake
She said let’s go downtown, I said I love trains
She wants to drive, it’s her time and she don’t want it to escape
But we’re always fashionably late
We turned on down Michigan Avenue
Where she went Veruca Salt over a pair of heels
I thought about rent, gas and electric bills
She’s got her needs and I was like damn those kids out there
Can create a nasty beat on those drums
So I went outside and took a front row seat on the concrete ledge
She stayed and bought her squirrel then came out and I covered my face
Until she walked away thinking I was gone
I know it was wrong but love is raw and this felt fake
I always wonder what is real
Today I got a taste
Some things are just not made
To last long enough to be a waste
And tomorrow will witness a change
Cause I didn’t like that aftertaste

Love is raw, love is raw
If it’s not, it was fake
Write it all down, it don’t have to be deep or tall
Cause you can’t pause love
I don’t want something that is fake

As I’m back in the car driving on Interstate Five to fate
My feet are completely numb to surprises and pain
I’d take it all and pay the toll
There’s nothing I want to replace
It seems short but hours are long
It is what it is so I don’t wear a watch
That’d weigh down my ways
Cause I don’t like to hear the seconds wane
See the hands twist
And I’m twenty-four, all these people are in this race
I’ve bridged the gap so many times
Just to run into another lake
Love is raw, love is raw
If it’s not, it was fake

Love is raw, love is raw
If it’s not, it was fake
Write it all down, it don’t have to be deep or tall
Cause you can’t pause love
I don’t want something that is fake

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