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You never knew just what to do; you never knew just what to say
You just turn around and run whenever problems get in your way.
I know you don't care for warnings but I would never tell you lies
Still I know it's not my job to tell you how you should live your life

You had a face that used to light up every single time we met
But what I see today is nothing like what I've seen before
The eyes, that once where bright like the clearest sky,
Have now lost their glow
And the dreams you held on to where suddenly kicked out the door

All the setbacks let you down - your addiction made you worse
Your abuse is killing me as much as it is killing you
I bet it's tough to be like you, to walk alone without a clue
Of what to say or how to act when all you've got is your confusion

What's the prize to pay to bring you
Back to what you were?
Time after time you lie to yourself.
You say you can control what you can't control
I'm here now but soon I won't be there.

Though you're sinking further down I'm not ready to let go
But as the drugs are setting in I know there's no time left to argue
It's so hard to sit by and watch as you waste your life away
It might thrill you for some time but you'll
See that all it brings is nothing

What's the prize to...

Standing on the outside looking in on the life that you once had
I can't stand to watch, can't bear to watch the truth,
It's all over now

You never knew just what to do; you never knew just what to say
You just turn around and run whenever problems get in your way.
A shadow of what you once were; a hollow image of yourself
Would you trade back if you could
Or were you never really there at all?

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