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So gather friends, you'll hear the strife
of an Astronaut and his trophy wife
a broken word, a fall from grace
Give ear and heed this tale of space

Don't you know who I am?
A hero of the space program
I'm a treasure of the USA
But you want to break the rules
make me look like a fool
Are you trying to throw it all away?

Your addictions are embarassing
The alcohol, the gambling
I grit my teeth whe you're around
They say "Get that wife of yours in line"
or find yourself with lots of time
To watch the shuttle from the ground

So I wont cry
as I reach for the sky

A trophy wife I swore to be
when I was twenty-three
you told me you would hold me high
But now my surface starts to rust
I am collecting dust
You love that program more than I

Your pretty wife's become a wreck
alcohol a side effect
of too many nights alone
But don't you worry Ethan dear
Just go to space and disappear
I'll fill the void you left at home

No I won't cry
As you reach for the sky

Don't be afraid of the space that you leave
as you depart for space unknown
If you create a vacuum in the place you should be
It'll be there when you return home

The threats became much more severe
The general had made it clear:
"Lose the girl
or lose your chance at Mars"

So on that day a plan was hatched
The wife would be dispatched
While he departed for the stars

He'd hear the news when he returned
About their home and how it burned
and with the cameras on he'd grieve

But left to vices all alone
she'd done some plotting of her own
She had betrayal up her sleeve

So I won't cry
As you reach for the sky


Now you've heard this couples woes
Learn something from this tale
Devote your heart to something else
Your love is soon to fail

But if the damage has been done
and love has lost it's place
don't ever give your lover
too much space


from Death, Destruction & Other Stories For Children, released March 31, 2011


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