Time Travel Girl

Everyone says their girlfriend drives them crazy,
But they're all speaking metaphorically.
I believe my case is kind of different,
Since thanks to you, I mean it literally.
I was normal when I met you -- I was stable, I was sane.
Now it feels as if a supernova lives inside my brain,
Oh-oh-oh.

Did you believe that I wouldn't be bothered
By how you used me just to throw me away?
Well, I was, and I was plotting vengeance
Until this strange girl had a few things to say.
She says I could really love you, that we can make it if we try,
And I think that I believe her, and I'm gonna tell you why,
Oh-oh-oh --

        She's our daughter from the future,
        And she stole my time machine;
        Guess that proves she's pretty clever.
        You can blame it on good genes.
        And I love you, and I hate you,
        And I find I'm quite relieved,
        'Cause if I was gonna kill you,
        She'd have never been conceived --
        My time travel girl.
        Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,
        My time travel girl.
        Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la...

So I suggest that we try starting over --
I won't attack you, you'll stay out of my brain.
People may laugh, but we don't have to listen.
We'll just be geniuses in love -- and insane.
I was normal when I met you. I was never this alive.
Now we've got the sort of love that we'll be lucky to survive,
Oh-oh-oh.

In the future, they'll still be wearing glasses,
Have birthday parties, steal the keys from their dads.
In the future, we're crazy, but together.
I guess the future isn't really so bad.
And I wish that you had seen her -- I suppose in time you will.
She's as pretty as a cyborg with its lasers set to kill,
Oh-oh-oh --

        She's our daughter from the future,
        And she stole my time machine;
        Guess that proves she's pretty clever.
        You can blame it on good genes.
        And I love you, and I hate you,
        And I find I'm quite relieved,
        'Cause if I was gonna kill you,
        She'd have never been conceived --
        My time travel girl.
        Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,
        My time travel girl.
        Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la...

                She's got my eyes, she's got your nose,
                She's big enough to steal your clothes,
                And I'm fairly certain that she's daddy's little girl.
                I'll teach her how to write clean code,
                You'll show her how to make alfalfa explode,
                And we'll be oh-so-proud when she takes over the world!

        She's our daughter from the future,
        And she stole my time machine;
        Guess that proves she's pretty clever.
        You can blame it on good genes.
        And I love you, and I hate you,
        And I find I'm quite relieved,
        'Cause if I was gonna kill you,
        She'd have never been conceived --
        My time travel girl.
        Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,
        My time travel girl.
        Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la...

I know our lives are complicated,
But look at what will be created --
The first girl in your family with a genome of her own!
My time travel girl.
Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,
My time travel girl.
Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,
She's the best in the world
My time travel girl
Sha-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la,
My time travel girl...

Written on: 2006-12-08. Seanan McGuire