Ben Folds, Minnesota Orchestra Picture Window cover

Picture Window
by & Minnesota Orchestra
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Verse 1
We checked into the hospital New Year's Eve
Nothing to be done about that
Rainbows, daffodils, she's not naive
Symbolism's all crap
Verse 2
There's a big picture window in the room on the ward
With a view over Parliament Hill
But the view offers more joy than they can afford
When there's this much pain to kill
Verse 3
You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these
Verse 4
The dust, the darkness surrenders to color
As the fireworks streak the sky
And their window gives them the prettiest picture
Their useless luck makes her want to cry
Verse 5
Then it turns midnight
The shitty whole year's spent
Another mom deserves some sparkling wine
And she nearly gives into the moment
But he'll still be sick in two-thousand and nine
Verse 6
You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these
Verse 7
And just as she's thinking
Of pulling the blind down
A rocket bursts in front of her eyes
The city lit up, London's givin' her bright crown
She tries and fails to stop
Spirits rise
Verse 8
You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these
Verse 9
You know what hope is
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar, a cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you, kick its backside
Got no place in days like these
In days like these

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