“Cardinal Song” The National

Never look her in the eyes
Never tell the truth
If she knows you’re paper
You know she’ll have to burn you

Never tell the one you want that you do
Save it for the deathbed
When you know you kept her wanting you

And do everything she’d never do

Fall asleep with strangers’ wives
The wild wives of unknown men
Good for you, you’ve just become
Just another one of them

Never say you miss her
Never say a word

And do everything she’d never do

Don’t let her see your cardinal eyes

Let her treat you like a criminal
So you can treat her like a priest
Girls, forgive my human mind
Girls, forgive me one more time

Never tell the one you love that you do
Save it for the deathbed

And do everything she’d never do

Don’t let her see your cardinal eyes

Jesus christ, you have confused me
Cornered, wasted, blessed and used me
Forgive me, girls, I am confused
Stiff and pissed and lost and loose

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