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Tension Makes a Tangle

This song is by 10,000 Maniacs and appears on the album The Wishing Chair (1985).

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

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

The only hope for permanence
The words, the rings, consistency
And Social Security
The miracle's high tragedy

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

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

And the Mass, it is an icon
God sent comfort, 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
Dress lengths, assassinations
Fractured family ties and christening
And christening



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