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Tension

This song is by 10,000 Maniacs and appears on the compilation album Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990) and on the compilation album Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings (2004).

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Frail hinges pivot on a case's door
Commemorative souvenirs from places
Containers change with each occasion

Cellophane encased displaying paper certificate
To credit years of service
A tool of central enterprises

The early hope for permanence
The words, the rings, consistency
And Social Security
The miracles, high tragedy

A thought mistaken for a memory
Dress lengths, assassinations
Fractured family ties and christening

Local posts they list your friends
In order of disappearance
Lawn-scattered tins feed birds
The portion baked for absent guests

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God sent comfort is your salvation
But who grants absolution
For sins that never were committed

Tension makes a tangle of
Each thought becomes inconvenience
Sound doesn't ever penetrate
As servile edges break and feint

A thought mistaken for a memory
Clear the dust from smiles in boxes
Cross a patterned floor
Recall the voices

A thought mistaken for a memory
Dress lengths, assassinations
Fractured family ties and christening
And christening

Only fractured family ties and christening
And christening

Credits

Music by:

John Lombardo

Lyrics by:

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