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Numb

Lisa Matheson

Didn't expect to see you here

Just wanted a shot of liquid cheer

You didn't have to sit next to me

Didn't want to look over and see you

(What do you feel)

so let it go no pressure here

I'll finish my shot of liquid cheer

wave to my new friend behind the bar

signal for another round, see where we are.

(What do you feel when you want)

settled in, closer to the brink

I lick the rim and take the drink

smile through the motions,

no need to think.

(What do you feel when you want to feel nothing)

You lean in closer for the kiss

I'll pretend I didn't expect this

your hand moves lower

caressing more

suggesting more

you dance while I stagger

to the door