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elmo’s face smiles down from her door
stuffed animals recline on her pink carpet floor
her yearbook opened up to first grade
her bed forever waits to be made
it’s like she just went out play
but she would be twenty on the third of may

stand back
let go
you’ve got to let it fall apart

the dam cracks
you’ll start to flow
you’ve got to bend your broken heart

the snow globe doesn’t end with her room
the flowers by her headstone forever in bloom
cupboards locked in frozen despair
at christmas dinner always an empty chair
if there’s something left to say, then say it
if some bill has gone unpaid, then pay it
pay it down

dry your eyes
wash your hands
you’ve got to finish up and start

no lies
no demands
you’ve got to bend your broken heart

all the hopes and dreams you carried
closed up tight in a box and buried
now here you stand alive in name alone
all the world’s around you waiting
just exhale and it starts inflating
climb out of your box, put the flesh back on your bones

all those frozen smiles and laughs
all those overflowing ashtrays and photographs
it’s time to join the living and feel
i just can’t keep pretending it’s real

it’s good to grieve, but not for a lifetime
roll up your sleeves, i’ll throw you a lifeline
there’s so much life that you’ve left undone
in a grave, there’s only room for one

stand back
let go
you’ve got to let it fall apart

the dam cracks
you’ll start to flow
you’ve got to bend your broken heart

drop the dirt
fill the hole
so you can let the dead depart

feel the hurt
free your soul
you’ve got to bend your broken heart