Safe Word

A broken clock's right twice a day

but mine spins in reverse and may

have doubled odds and better luck

Now it's twice as good as worthless junk

 

My heart's as healthy as a horse

but my hard hat's lookin' hardly worn

That other steel toed boot'll drop

but I don't know when, or how to stop

 

I wish I had a secret code

to signal me to take it slow

I need a sin like calculus

'cos my limit does, in fact, exist!

 

So slow down, focus, do yoga poses and

learn to love the lull and just breathe...

Breathe… breathe…

 

Alright I'm good!

 

I think I'm smiling and nodding, but surveillance cameras caught me laugh maniacally 

headbutting every obstacle, I've got to turn it off... and pick back up when I am calm

Even with an invitation, boy, you gotta learn to knock (Oh knock it off!)

... And do me one favor: Remember the safe word

 

I get that passion motivates

and crashes down like ocean waves

but tunnel vision's toxic man,

you're not John Henry, take a breath

 

That might sound harsh when you are used

to head rubs, praise, and sugar cubes

I just hate to see you racing towards

behaviors that we shouldn't reward

 

So slow down, focus, do yoga poses and

learn to love the lull and just

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. (Alright!)

 

I think I'm smiling and nodding,

blending in and getting on

but no, I haven't fooled the cameras

in my camel camouflage

I'll take it off!

 

...and I won't spit on anyone

Even with an invitation, boy,

you gotta learn to knock

(Oh knock it off!)

And do me one favor:

Remember the safe word

 

And I have no construction crew

to build this introduction tune but it's sound and under budget, too...

The chords work, the beat works, the verse and melody works

and these words, they each work, have purpose versus knee-jerk

Safety first, let's be sure our neon PPE works

Now the only thing that needs work is the last bit of the bridge!

I think I'm smiling and nodding, mild-mannered, nodding off

It's just my neck is getting tired, so much nonsense to hold up

Just take a pause... but don't give up the dream

If they change the locks behind you, you can find another key

and hope a smile and a nod's the only signal they have seen

You're no machine but there's no shame

in blowing off a little steam, so hear me knock!

Hear me hammer, hear me yell

and don't knock it 'till you've tried it,

tried to knock or tried the bell (Ah, let me in!)

The trip has been paid for and you have a way forth

so don't waste the day or delay it for later

 

But do me one favor: Remember the safe word 

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