Mewithoutyou - Red Cow lyrics

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Befo' the red sea flood beneath a corn husk dawn

We bid the elk horn run to a locomotive psalm

Until the pale horse comes along a rail withdrawn

Clangin' loud-ward on, clangin' loudward on

We bid the elk horn run until the red cow comes

I was a steadfast son, with thoughts & hooves divided

And on the arid ground of thirsty Zion's hill

Cold waters tumbled down where the staff of Moses fell

(What pharaoh spell, what picture holds us now?)


Behold the snake of brass, the wind was blowin' backwards

Behold a golden calf, blighted leaves of law

Woe fo' the land we knew befo' the frogs withdrew

In the fragrant pomegranate blooms where the tender locust flew

(Verse 2)

Behind the milk white tombs, behind the milk-tank cars

We passed the north platte yard on silver tracks unguarded

Out past the Sambar herds, out to the outcast birds

In the rust of open wagons, lo! The blessed virgin's likeness

We watched the green figs fall from the Nebraska sky

How much were even passive things responsive to our watchful eye?

(And let there be no doubt! So many figs & pictures hold us)

(Verse 3)

In the wells of livestock vans with shells & sidewalk sands

Iron mixed with oxygen as per the laws of chemistry & chance

A shape was roughly human, it was only roughly human

Apparition eyes apparition eyes knock apparition knock eyes apparition eyes

(Verse 4)

Was He a violent man? Well, he had his genocidal moments

Or penned by fiction's hand? To whom could that phrase not apply?

How much are even lifeless sounds responsive to our listenin' ear

What pharoah now or jew or picture holds us here?!

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