I’m the Apostrophe
Words and Music by John Allee

I move my mouth, you nod your head
Have you heard anything I’ve said?
I mean, come on now, what’s the deal?
Why don’t you tell me what you feel?
I knew the situation going in
I guess I thought I’d have a thicker skin

I’m the apostrophe
I’m there to show what’s missin’
Like Marlon Brando’s stand-in
Like some dark shadow creepin’ there
‘Cause when you look at me
I know it’s him you’re seein’
And what is so confusin’
I don’t even care

We talk in terms too vague to tell
And yet it’s spoken all too well
Whatever means I might employ
I’m just another changeling boy
No matter how I try to give to you
I haven’t found a way of getting through

I’m the apostrophe
I’m there to show what’s missin’
Like some big yellow ribbon
A marble statue standin’ there
‘Cause when you look at me
I know it’s him you’re seein’
And what is so amusin’
I don’t even care

I’ll find a star and shoot it down
I’ll wear your hair shirt, be your clown
I’ll make a friend, I’ll start a war
Imagine any metaphor
If I could carve your face in ivory
What a perfect image that would be

I’m the apostrophe
I’m there to show what’s missin’
Like Marlon Brando’s stand-in
Like some dark shadow creepin’ there
‘Cause when you look at me
I know it’s him you’re seein’
And what is so amazin’
I don’t even care

(The title of this song comes from a line in the novel Jernigan, by David Gates)

© 2007 John Allee/Portuguese Knees Music ASCAP.
Lyrics Reprinted with Permission.  All Rights Reserved.