The Girl and the Leopard

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lyrics

[Verse 1]
And oh hey, I've been hoping to do this my way
So would you lead me to the archway
Where all the angriest kids play
And little Lucy, let me stand you up so you can see
And move your arms and legs dependently
But know you can't do this without me

[Chorus]
Said the girl to the leopard, they think they have won
Well you'll knock them for twelve when you come
With skin in your claws oh all bets will be off
A red letter day

[Verse 2]
Oh and my friends, they think I'm proud of being different
They don't know what makes me distant
Or that I could kill them with my bare hands
But I have mercy, don't understand the senseless fighting
Blind fish colliding in the vast sea
Just wasting time before the shark eats

[Chorus 2]
All these soft, cloying fables of kindness all round
No they won't scratch the surface in mama's town
The kids in my story now grown up with guns
They paint the town red

[Middle 8]
The last three years have been
The stealing of youth in my eyes
So I will go and find
My cat in the woods
The last three years have been
The curtain man's reveal and fall
Oh yes I've seen it all, so now to the woods
[Repeat]

[Outro]
The schoolgirl skipped across the playground
Basking in the mess she'd made now
Whistling another song
She hadn't lived to write her own
The cat lay still, its fur combined with
Spattered walls, marred just for hiding
Knowing he would end his bloodbath
With the one who dared to ask

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from The Assembly of Animals, released March 29, 2017

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Alt rock/electronic concept album. Music and artwork by Claire Laurenson from Edinburgh, UK.

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