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You Are What You Love

This song is by Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins and appears on the album Rabbit Fur Coat (2006).

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You Are What You Love
This is no great illusion
When I'm with you, I'm looking for a ghost
Or invisible reasons
To fall out of love and run screaming from our home

Because we live in a house of mirrors
We see our fears in everything
Our songs, faces, and secondhand clothes
But more and more we're suffering

Not nobody, not a thousand beers
Can keep us from feeling so all alone
But you are what you love
And not what loves you back

That's why I'm here on your doorstep
Pleading for you to take me back
The phone is a fine invention
It allows me to talk endlessly to you

About nothing disguising my intentions
Which I'm afraid, my friend, are wildly untrue
It's a sleight of hand, a white soul band
The heart attacks I'm convinced I have

Every morning upon waking
To you I'm a symbol or a monument
Your rite of passage to fulfillment
But I'm not yours for the taking

But you are what you love
And not what loves you back
I guess that's why you keep calling me back
I'm fraudulent, a thief at best

A coward who paints a bullshit canvas
Things that will never happen to me
But at arms length, it's Tim who said
I'm good at it, I've mastered it

Avoiding, avoiding everything
But you are what you love, Tim
And not what loves you back
And I'm in love with illusions

So saw me in half
I'm in love with tricks
So pull another rabbit out of your hat


Written by:

Jenny Lewis

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