scissors slice the scene in two
leaving me with one hand by my side
a pile so high I guess we're through
can't imagine why
you would break your stride

at torching everything
that vaguely might remind
of the crown of thorns
you wore with me
you've long since left behind

don't burn my effigy
the doll that's hanging
with a face
made up like mine

don't burn my effigy
the one marked 'enemy'
two black holes for eyes
that are blind

don't burn my effigy
remember Dorothy
and the tinman
with his heart of gold

don't burn my effigy
please find a heart for me
let me bring back to you
the love I stole

thought I'd call to hear
what's new
you only said "goodbye"
but you sounded swell

just dropped by to see
how you've
been getting along
without my hell

must be going fine
you're looking so serene
hits me like a brick
got a nervous tick
here's one last primal scream

please don't burn my effigy
the doll that's hanging with a face
made up like mine

don't burn my effigy
the one marked 'enemy'
straw head, straw feet, straw spine

don't burn my effigy
remember Dorothy
and the tinman
with his heart of gold

don't burn my effigy
please find a heart for me
let me bring back to you
the love I stole

it's a long shot
i know you think that it's impossible
and you'd be better off alone
that's why
i've joined one hundred congregations
of all denominations
bound to be one

that's right for me
will change me
rearrange my head
to be just right for

you and me don't laugh
please listen,
don't laugh
please listen

chorus


Luis Resto - vocal, keyboards ... Mario Resto - guitar, backing voice ... Paul Nowinski - acoustic double bass, mandocello ... Keith LeBlanc - drums ... Johnny Evans - tenor & baritone saxophone ... Hai Xin Wu, Alice Sauro - violins ... Hang Su - viola ... Paul Wingert - violoncello ... Herschel Boone, Karen Vesprini - backing voices ... Vinnie Dombroski - percussion ... Steve King - strategic bass dub