a reasonable man (i don’t mind) lyrics – the national

i don’t mind losing a girl to herself
a quiet love is better than none
and i don’t mind losing a friend to a friend
if only to be a reasonable man

and i don’t mind waiting if it’s for the best
a careful heart is better than none
i don’t mind painting my back with the past
pictures in resolute pain
smoothing the laugh o’er the lane

but if it happens to you
the same kind of deal
i recommend fire
instead of the fool

i don’t mind shaking your hand at the door
if only to be a resolute man (pictures in resolute pain)
if only to be a resolute man
if only to be a resolute man

but if it happens to you
the same kind of deal
i recommend fire
instead of the fool

i don’t mind shaking your hand at the door
if only to be a resolute man (pictures in resolute pain)
if only to be a resolute man
if only to be a resolute man

if only to be a reasonable man
if only to be a reasonable man

/ the national lyrics