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What You Break

from Island of the Dolls by American Sinner

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“Our favorite hiding spot was under the stairs. There was a loose board. It was a good spot, but you could still hear the screaming.”


How was I to know?
You came without a sign
Fragile this side up
Or handle me with care

What you break you own 1

Caught in a second so slow
I could taste the air
As you amplified my sigh
By your silent stare

There's a flicker of crime, behind your eyes
Yeah I see it there
Your pumpkin Smile
Your hollow stare

Back and forth you go
Rocking(,) 2 your only friend
Black indifferent eyes
Scapegoat in a snare

1 Variant on something seen in stores, ‘You break it you bought it.’ Here, we are referring to people that treat each other as mere objects; the kind of person who might understand their control of another, their ability to break them, as the glue of the relationship.

2 Someone rocking in a fetal position with a dolls etc. Or referring to Rock n’ Roll, a term originally referring to sexual activity. Here, the idea is that the victim eventually seeks relationships in another shallow way.


from Island of the Dolls, released November 22, 2014
Lyrics S, Music S & Chuck Getsi & Gabe Passmore w/ N, P
S - Main vocals & guitar
N - Bass & backup vocals
P - Drums & backup vocals
S, N & P, samples


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American Sinner is a rock n' roll stiletto switchblade dance along the edge of a knife that opens up for stabbing. They are not your run-of-the-mill musical tricksters in harlequin unitards holding bouquets of flowers behind their backs. No!...they got it all -manliness like Bowie and femininity like Tina Turner. They got it all so when these boys are randy to rock, you better let 'em. ... more

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