As if We Didn't Know

(Pat Robinson)



Through a satin covered window
On a sea of gabardine
Lies a bottle floating off the starboard bow
And a once committed actress
Who is long forgotten now

If we can't protect the farmer
Who protects the motherland
Then we've given up the cure for vertigo
We just fill the empty pages
With some Edgar Allen Poe

As if we didn't know
As if it didn't show
Just like it wasn't there
As if we didn't go

So her mother leaves the courtroom
With the verdict in her hands
As the doctor takes his final curtain call
It's life and life only
Someone has to take the fall

Does no good to tell the hangman
What you just said to the court
In this game you're just another domino
And you're undergoing treatment
That he swears is apropos

As if we didn't know
As if it didn't show
When you learn to look away
Learn to say that it's ok
As if you didn't know

So they dig for buried treasure
As they drink unfiltered rum
With this writer from Tacoma growing cold

And we're caught between injustice
And that deadly undertow
No option was overlooked for Frances

On the horizon is a crossing
Where three men hang in the mist
As every story has an ending
Every ending has a twist
And it's taken all these centuries
To get away with this

'Cause there has to be a sentence
If our duty is to serve
Just as destiny can take its final toll, you know
Think of it as something
That we're learning to outgrow

As if we didn't know
As if it didn't show
It's like we don't believe
In things that we can't see
As if we didn't go
As if we didn't know

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