Chameleon

from by Allan Van Vliet

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Yeah, pack my bags, all my stuff inside
Where’s your money, got your coat? Good. Let’s take a ride.
Get along, going fast, don’t get left behind.
I know you left your stuff but you can borrow some of mine

Now I’m waiting on you, we’re not going anywhere
Should I hang around or just pretend like I don’t care?
We’re not playing roles, acting mean, or drawing stares
I’m done waiting on you, now I’m getting out of here

No helping hand pull me up to light
No singing voice to guide me back outside
No friend to tell me when to cry I got a
switchblade in my pocket and I won’t let go until I’m alive

Hey hey, yeah yeah, I’m just gonna run away
Can’t stop thinking that you won’t be coming out to play
Think I’m gonna stay inside, try again another day
Hey hey yeah, I’m all alone but it’s okay

Have you seen the way you look at me?
If you had you’d understand that what I say, I mean.
Don’t waste your time standing back alone and turning green,
Chameleon so well you fade away and can’t be seen.

Yeah, I’m done waiting on you, now I’m getting out of here.
I can tell that in your words is where you hide your fear.
I don’t need to act like I don’t care, it’s pretty clear,
so just keep blending in and pretty soon you’ll disappear.

No helping hand pull me up to light
No singing voice to guide me back outside
No friend to tell me when to cry I got a
switchblade in my pocket and I won’t let go until I’m alive

Hey hey, yeah yeah, I’m just gonna run away
Can’t stop thinking that you won’t be coming out to play
Think I’m gonna stay inside, try again another day
Hey hey yeah, I’m all alone but it’s okay

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from Before And After, released July 31, 2012

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Allan Van Vliet Portland, Oregon

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