Mewithoutyou - February, 1878 lyrics

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February 8th, 1878

South of Trout Creek, west of Cedar Lake

On a winding mountain trail of the North Pacific Union Rail

The snow arrived on time, the circus train was running late

Rip spot’s past and all the knuckles worn,

Firebox bursting to the running boards

A pounding in his chest, crushing like a cider press

The hogger rode the throttle ‘round the bender like a flank-strapped horse

ELEPHANT [addressing the frightened animal car]:

“Let’s return now to the dust as the dust we are;

tonight, our bridal fate, the hour’s come to consummate!”

And drove her massive body like a truck into the iron bars

Limestone thrown from out the hopper’s back

Ash Cat tossed against the diamond stack

from cradle to caboose, the frozen bolts broke loose,

sent that cage spinning like a dreidel off the icy tracks

Run on, Rabbit, run!

Before the East sky wakes the sun!

Sails set to the dreadful cold,

Until your anchor-heart takes hold

Run on, Fox & Bear,

From this dismal dream’s despair!

Cast thoughts to in the open ocean of air

Until your thread catch somewhere

ANIMALS: “Mother, please come along!”

ELEPHANT [from inside her cage]:

“My tusks are dull, my eyes, half-blind,

too old to run, too big to hide,

and have neither friend nor enemy,

nor that phantom, ‘self’-identity

nor concern for what ‘they’ll’ do to ‘me’

now, my children, run free!”

But Tiger, why sit still,

As the officers climb the hill?

What stars cast down their spears,

cooled your fire with their tears?

TIGER: “Gone that siren’s sound,

it’s a silence now pours down

Gone, my next of kin,

and all once without now lives within”

FOX & RABBIT: “Topiary Tiger, once burned bright

save your tales of gnostic sight

and take heed on this (most) auspicious night!

Topiary Tiger, once burned bright”

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