He dumped me because he couldn't handle me, he said. So here it is.

Sewn-Up Smiles

He said, "it's not you, it's me"

Cause he was trying to get free

Of the chains around his ankles

And the weakness in his knees

And I begged for almost an hour

Before my pleas were overpowered

By the hunch that it's a coward

Who gets faint when someone bleeds



I said, "please don't leave me"

But he threw back in my face

Every crack that pierced my armor

Every rip in dainty lace

Now I take my brittle bones

And old scars that stain my being

And I guess I'm going home

Cause you are just too weak for me



Maybe I'm a freak, baby

But at least I know my own strength

I can love and love completely

And for it go to any lengths



I will take my brittle bones

My sewn-up smiles

My empty home



He said, "I can't do this anymore"

Ran for his life and locked his door

I screamed until my throat was sore

Smashed furniture with the burdens I bore

I'll leave you with a little tip:

If you think of me when you lick your lips

It's cause you know this sinking ship

Is better than you'll ever score



Maybe I'm a freak, baby

But at least I know my own strength

I can love and love completely

And for it go to any lengths



I will take my brittle bones

My sewn-up smile

My empty home



I'm willing to bet you never thought

That what you just sold, you never bought

You gritted your teeth, said you loved me a lot

I'm forced to conclude that you somehow forgot



I will take my stickpin limbs

And with them, build my world again

With boards and words, and bit by bit

I will warm this pearl white skin

I will light a fire within

I will be who I've always been



Maybe I'm a freak, baby

But at least I know my own strength

I can love and love completely

And for it go to any lengths



I will take my baby-blue fingers

And with them, find someone who'll linger

I will take my brittle bones

And with them, I know I'll find home