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When You Leave is about all the help and sympathy you _don't_ get when you make a break for it out of a bad situation. It's about the retribution you might inspire, and the nightmares that may follow you out - and a warning not to get too comfortable too soon, because you might not be as far out of range as you hope you are. Think of it as an ode to PTSD and hypervigilance.

But that's a little unfair. It's not telling you not to leave - it's letting you know in no uncertain terms what you need to prepare to face when you do. It _is_ on your side, or as close to that as you're going to get; it's telling you want you need to hear, even if you don't want to hear it. Pay attention; you'll need this, later.

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when you leave you better
keep on going
when you leave you better
run like hell
when you run you better
keep your footing
when you fly you better
know damn well that

someone's gonna be behind that mirror
something's hiding in the ringing bell
something's seeking you through every window
Something's tracking you with senses fell

when you run you better
know you mean it
when you run you better
say farewell
when you fly you better
watch your twenty
when you bolt you better
know damn well that

no one's list'ning to your best of reasons
no one wants to hear a thing you say
no one's giving you their second chances
don't pretend there won't be hell to pay

when you fly you better
keep your secrets
when you fly you better
never tell
when you bolt you better
leave no traces
when you leave you better
know damn well that

rage is never on the side of heaven
fury never has an upper bound
vengeance weans itself on indignation
better pray that you are never found

when you're gone you maybe
might discover
when you're gone you maybe
breathe again
when you're gone you maybe
float so freely
when you're gone you may think
now and then that

this time might just be the time to make it
this place might just be the place you keep
'till the horrors find you unforgotten
whispering tortures to you in your sleep

when you leave you better
keep on going
when you leave you better
run like hell

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from Dick Tracy Must Die, released March 3, 2011

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We are one bunch of seriously pissed-off elves, writing the songs of the supervillains. Enjoy our rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, or our GeoIP-driven heat ray. It's up to you.

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