She was sixteen and six feet tall in a crowd of teenagers comin' out of the zoo She stumbled, started to slip and fall, teeter-tottered on the top of patent leather shoes I happened to catch her and said: "Maybe these ruby shoes are a little cumbersome for you." Maybe for you, now
But not as shaky as I must have seemed talkin' junk through her giggle, little teenage dream And on the phone I could not compete; my dumb-luck fake competence was getting weak And for a sec' I thought I sounded sweet But sure enough in a gruff, faint voice, I heard myself speak
[Chorus:] I could stay a while But sooner or later I'll break your smile And I can tell a joke But one of these days I'm bound to choke And we could share a kiss But I feel like I can't go through with this And I bet we could build a home But I know the right thing for me to do... is to leave you alone Leave you alone, now
I'm beginning to like you, so you probably won't get what I'm going to do I'm walkin' away from you; it probably don't make much sense to you But I'm trying to save you from all of the things that I'll probably say or do I'll probably do
You'll probably call me a fool and say I'm doin' exactly what a coward would do And I'm beginning to like you It's a shame, what a lame way to live, but what can I do? I hope you appreciate what I do
I'm a martyr for my love for you A martyr for my love for you, now... A martyr for my love for you... A martyr for my love for you...