You Don't Fool Me At All

from BETWEEN US, Vol. 1: YOU by Stephen Bard

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You know you really could have if you'd wanted to
Thrown out all those paper clowns that taunted you
Blown out all those melodies that haunted you
But you waited in your bungalow too long
And now you're in a fishbowl feeding on regret
Your nosy neighbors come by sometimes and watch you sweat
They get some vicarious thrill eyeing you trying to forget
The fact you let it go so very wrong

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You try to keep it locked up inside
That sweaty mix of shame and pride
That blinds you to the writing on the wall
You don't fool me at all

The plans you made were bigger than you thought at first
The act should go without a hitch if well rehearsed
But it's not enough to just figure that the bubble won't ever burst
Even when the pressure's on that strong
And now you're left with a broken bag and an ugly mess
A cheap excuse and the memory of some deep caress
Faith like that is more like suicide I guess
Especially when you're playing them along

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You keep your sins all to yourself
in that diary up on the shelf
But you ache so much for somewhere else to scrawl
And you don't fool me at all

Those freaks they knock upon your door come Halloween
But you're by far the freakiest they've ever seen
Standing there with your goblet full of Listerine
And the scratchings of some nearly finished song
But everyone involved knows it will never be
Performed for all the world to hear collectively
No it'll go unfinished in your dungaree
Along with all the other scraps gone wrong

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You paid your dues, you even grew
That fire burns inside of you
But you don't know where to go or who to call
And you don't fool me at all

Yeah she was all you ever pictured love could be
Nurtured you until you couldn't even see
Stayed through every heartbreaking catastrophe
When your ego watched her dance and rang the gong
But there are insults even saints cannot abide
And if you're such a genius why couldn't you decide
Whether or not to take that beauty as your bride?
Yeah you figured just keep stringing her along

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You knew she was the best you'd find
Still you couldn't keep your mind off
Every single never-ending behind you could ball
You don't fool me at all

The battlefield is strewn with broken carriages
The refuse and remains of long fought marriages
And the surviving children see how it disparages
Any hope that might ever get along
With anyone who even makes it past their thorny gate
The overwhelming impulse is to fear and wait
Until the line is shattered between love and hate
And the left no longer know what's right or wrong

But you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You blame it on the love brigade
The parts mommy and daddy played
And all those rushing ins and walking outs that made you crawl
But you don't fool me at all

The night drops like a body falling a bridge
Robotically you fetch some coldcuts from the fridge
You don't know if it's poverty or privilege
And the shame within comes bubbling up real strong
The bags collect like garbage now beneath your eyes
From all the trash encountered on the compromise
The fact you sucked some tit offers no consolation prize
Nor does this overblown and underwhelming song

Yeah but you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
You feel like you've been left to rot
The emperor that time forgot
You're just like Bonaparte Napoleon but not as tall
And you don't fool me at all

Now you say you're ready for your punishment
You're headed off where all the others like you went
It's name is Still Anonymous and all of time is spent
Playing all these oh so boring songs
Your technicolor world in all its majesty
You say has drained out of your eyes and now you only see
in jaded blues and faded hues of gray reality
So you don't know where your broken dream belongs

Yeah but you don't fool me at all
No you don't fool me at all
So what the world chose not to squeal
Hysterics over your appeal
That doesn't mean you have to lose your faith and feel so small
The only fool's the fool who takes the fall
And you don't fool me at all

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from BETWEEN US, Vol. 1: YOU, released November 23, 2017
Acoustic guitar and harmony vocal: Joe Pascarell.

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