Karma Come and Collect Me

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Karma come and collect me, she said,
I've got no time for these lazy regrets;
I've got no time to tell you how I feel.
I never meant to mention your name,
one of the many messes I've mixed you up in;
We'd need a miracle to make our way from here.

Baby, you'd better believe me, she said,
It's not exactly what they told you I did;
It's not exactly that I haven't told the truth.
I never wanted to dampen your smile,
one of the many ways I've wasted your while.
I made a mile-long list of what I wanted to tell you;

Well, I guess I never had the time...

These secrets paid for all their worth
I had one stiff drink to quench my thirst
I've got a lot of nerve, I'm sure you wouldn't argue.
But I was too shook-up to keep it on
I had another dream that you were gone
I couldn't bear the thought that I could ever harm you.
But the debt was paid for all its worth
I had another drink and left for work
And then my stuttered thoughts were not enough to charm you.
In the morning I was shaken awake, I felt your arm
And it was obvious that I was wrong
I couldn't bear the thought, so I kept insisting
Ignorance is bliss.

I tried to tell you, but I never had the time...


from Complications, released March 30, 2013
Jack Byrne - Voice, Guitars, Banjo, Ukulele
Melissa Knorr - Viola
Instrumental breaks written by Kevin Junker



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