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My friend has problems with winter and autumn
They give him prescriptions they shine bright lights on him
They say it's genetic, they say he can't help it,
They say you can catch it - but sometimes you're born with it.
My friend has blight, he gets shakes in the night
And they say that there's no way that they could have caught it in
Time takes his toll on him it is traditional,
It is inherited, predisposition--
All day I've been wondering what is inside of me?
Who can I blame for it? I say--

It runs in the family
This famine that carries me to such great lengths,
To open my legs up to anyone who'll have me
It runs in the family
I come by it honestly do what you want
'Cause who knows it might fill me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Fill me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up

My friend's depressed she's a wreck she's a mess
They've done all sorts of tests and they guess it has something to
Do with her grandmother's grandfather's grandmother
Civil war soldiers who badly infected her
My friend has maladies, rickets, and allergies
That she dates back to the 17th century
Somehow she manages - in her misery -
Strips in the city and shares all her best tricks with
Me? Well I'm well. Well I mean I'm in hell.
Well, I still have my health (At least that's what they tell me)
If wellness is this what in hells name is sickness?
But business is business and BUSINESS

Runs in the family
We tend to bruise easily bad in the blood
I'm telling you 'cause I just want you to know me,
Know me and my family we're wonderful folks,
But don't get too close to me 'cause you might knock me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Knock me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up

Mary have mercy now look what I've done
But don't blame me because I can't help where I come from and
Running is something that we've always done well
And mostly I can't even tell what I'm running from
I run from their pity, from responsibility,
Run from the country, and run from the city
I can run from the law, I can run from myself,
I can run for my life, I can run into debt
I can run from it all, I can run 'til I'm gone,
I can run for the office, and run from the cause
I can run using every last ounce of energy
I cannot, I cannot, I cannot

Run from my family
They're hiding inside of me, corpses on ice
Come in if you like but just don't tell my family
They'd never forgive me, they'd say that I'm crazy
But they would say anything if it would
Shut me up
Shut me up
Shut me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Shut me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up
Me up



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    UnregisteredJul 22, 2012 at 3:56 am
    There are some things that a person just can't escape, and in this case, it's hereditary. Her screw ups and her friend's problems are all things that people do try to run away from, they try to find excuses for things that happen to them. In that case, these are actual things such as depression and s. A. D.

    Tl;dr: some things you can try to run away from, but they'll find you anyways.
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    UnregisteredMay 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    It seems like it's about not wanting to blame everything you are on genetics - it's obviously coming from a place of mental imbalance, but the 'friends' are treated as something pitiable. And if your problems are down to a predisposition then it's not something you can fix or escape and thinking that way makes the whole thing feel worse.

    Very powerful lyrics

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