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Inmates chords

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D Bb
D Bb

                  D                        Bm
When you said you loved me, did you really love me 
                      Bb                         A
or did the words just spill out like drool on my pillow?
             D              Bm
‘Cause I was naked when you said those words
           Bb                        A
But I felt covered in your whispered worship
          G                      D
And as you passed out fast on my shoulder,
   G               Bm                 Bb                   A
I imagined a child waiting so sad and still for his mom to arrive. 
        D                            A
Did she leave you an orphan, in that big, brown leather chair? 
      Bb                                     G
Said, "Don’t you move a muscle, kid, I’ll be back in twenty years,"
         D                                 A
You were scared, you were lonely, but you must’ve been aware;
Bb                                    G
Life is a series of calluses, this is just another layer. 
    Bm                                Bb                           A
So, build ’em up, tough it out, yeah, that’s your skin – don’t let anyone under there.

D Bb
D Bb

                  D                         Bm
When you said you needed me, did you really need me
               Bb                      A
or was it just someone, oh you’ll take anything
                   D                      Bm
Am I first on that list of yours, or am I second or third?
               Bb                           A
So who’s that ahead of me, some harlot from Pittsburgh?
   G                          D
Or Detroit, Santa Fe or San Diego
  G                        Bm                      Bb             A
I know you’re so alone but how much affection does one guy really need?
        D                                   A
Did you date a lot in high school? Were you always chasing girls?
Bb                                        G
Couldn’t you find some young valentine to steal your heart for good?
         D                                 A
Were you content or contemptible? Are your memories pleasant?
   Bb                                  G
Or is it a string of endless flings of bitter resentment?
           Bm                                      Bb                       A
Seems that what you want and what you need doesn’t mean a thing, we’re just here for the taking.

D Bb
D Bb

                    D                            Bm
When you said you’d hurt me, did you think you’d hurt me?
                    Bb                      A
Are you really that cocky, yeah what a heartbreaker
              D                                  Bm
Well I got my armor, yeah I’ve been through some battles before
                   Bb                              A
And I met your old girlfriend, she said baby don’t bother
    G                          D
She told me you told her you’d hurt her
G                       Bm                 Bb               A
Funny, how familiar, so how much of this relationship was rehearsed?
        D                            A
Did you act out as a child? Were you always crying wolf?
  Bb                                           G
Attention starved, you tried too hard, just to get someone to look
             D                                   A
Now you’re a wolf in second hand clothing, I’m a sheep in a pleated skirt
        Bb                                 G
It’s an awkward form of payback, but if it works for you it works.
            Bm                                     Bb                  A
It’s that I recognize your off-white lies, still I lie beside you, and that’s what really hurts.

D Bb
D Bb

                    D                         Bm
When you said you’d leave me, why haven’t you left me?
                  Bb                           A
What are we still doing here, so desperate for company?
                       D                                     Bm
There’s a Greyhound on Jackson Street, there’s an airport in Council Bluffs
                Bb                                 A
Hell, there’s a car in the driveway. Fifty ways to get lost.
         G                          D
But as I hold you and listen to you sleeping
    G                       Bm                         Bb          A
I’m starting to wonder if I really believe that you’ll ever really leave.
          D                          A
Would you leave me an orphan in your big brown leather chair?
    Bb                                      G
The one you lugged around from town to town for all these years.
       D                                A
It’s a trophy of your childhood, like a shark tooth or gator skin boots
    Bb                              G
But this one holds you prisoner. It holds me prisoner too.
Bm                                    Bb                    A
What we need to set us free is to let go of each other, let go of everything.

D Bb
D Bb

              D                           Bm
When I said I loved you, it was because I loved you.
              Bb                         A
When I said I needed you, well, I really need you.
                  D                          Bm
Yeah, I guess you hurt me, for once you’re a man of your words.
                       Bb                        A
Well, guess what – I’m leaving – I can’t be your prisoner.

                G             D
I can't be your prisoner - oh no (x12)

Bm Bb A

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