Collateral Damage by Shooting Star (from Where She Went by Gayle Forman)

by Catherine Chiu

Animate – Track 1

First you inspect me
Then you dissect me
Then you reject me
I wait for the day
That you’ll resurrect me

Hate me. Devastate me.
Annihilate me. Re-create me.
Re-create me. Won’t you, won’t you, won’t you re-create me.


Messy – Track 2

I’ll be your mess, you be mine
That was the deal that we had signed
I bought a hazmat suit to clean up your waste
Gas masks, gloves, to keep us safe
But now I’m alone in an empty room
Staring down immaculate doom


Boo – Track 3

The boogeyman sleeps on your side of the bed
Whispers in your ear: “Better off dead.”
Fills my dreams with sirens and lights of regret
Kisses me gently when I wake up in sweat


Bridge – Track 4

You crosses the water, left me ashore
It killed me enough, but you wanted more
You blew up the bridge, a mad terrorist
Waved from your side, threw me a kiss
I started to follow but realized too late
There was nothing but air underneath my feet


Blue – Track 6

Are you happy in your misery?
Resting peaceful in desolation?

It’s the final tie that binds us
The sole source of consolation


Stitch – Track 7

Needle and thread, flesh and bone
Spit and sinew, heartbreak is home
Your suture lines sparkle like diamonds
Bright stars to light my confinement


Dust – Track 9

The bow is old, its horsehair is glue
Sent to the factory, just like me and like you
So how come they stayed your execution?
The audience roars its standing ovation


Disconnect Track 10

The clothes are packed off to Goodwill
I said my good-byes up on that hill
The house is empty, the furniture sold
Soon your smells will decay to mold
Don’t know why I bother calling, ain’t nobody answering
Don’t know why I bother singing, ain’t nobody listening


Roulette – Track 11

Barrel of the gun, rounds one two three
She says I have to pick: choose you, or choose me
Metal to the temple, the explosion is deafening
lick the blood that covers me
She’s the last one standing


Bullet – Track 12

There’s a piece of lead where my heart should beat
Doctor said too dangerous to take out
You’d better just leave it be
Body grew back around it, a miracle, praise be
Now, if only I could get through airport security


Hush – Track 13

Someone wake me when it’s over
When the evening silence softens golden
Just lay me on a bed of clover
Oh, I need help with this burden


[There are no Tracks 5 and 8 written in the book.]