...how we quit the forest


The Olde HeadBoard
LeechWife
You Don't Own Me
The New Zero
Rose K.
DwarfStar
Sign of the Zodiac
TrenchMouth
Herb Girls of Birkenau
Mayfly
Christian Soldiers
Things I'm Gonna Do
DiamondMind
How We Quit the Forest
Watch T.V.

The Olde HeadBoard
What becomes a legend most?
I'll let you think about it,
Space Ghost coast-to-coast
While I give thanks today
For all the things I stole
And all the things I gave away.
You make experiment, you try to
Teach a lesson and then take a stand.
A fake handshake don't make no man.

I don't know about a year ago or so
I must have made you up in my head.
What did I base you on?
Was it a Broadway show I saw?
A hot new book I read?
Half-baked you come at me
You know I told you not to call here no more.
The New Best Friend, The Olde Headboard.

Yo no comprendo, mi amour.
Oh no, yo no comprendo.
The New Best Friend, The Olde Headboard.

Where'd you get the dumb idea
For all the secretive platonic dating?
I have experience
In the love and the lives
Of Man and Machine.

Yo no comprendo, mi amour.
Oh no, yo no comprendo.
The New Best Friend, The Olde Headboard.

What becomes a legend most?
The love and the lives of Man and Machine.
Olde Headboard.

The love and the lives of Man and Machine.
Olde Headboard.
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LeechWife
You study hard and go west
You'll go far, little girl.
Now try hard and be the best
The best in all the world.
You can create a demand
For this your special skill.
You will be healing the ill.
It's surgery, but with no knife.
She'll make a great LeechWife.

You get the suckers to suck
To suck out what is bad.
'Cause this is science not luck.
Luck is not what you've had.
But now you've brought yourself up.
Surprise your Mom and Dad
With this, your special skill.
You will be improving your life.
She'll make a great LeechWife

You don't need no Nu-Age crap.
Good sense is what it makes.
You'll learn it in no time flat.
One leech is all it takes.
It sucks the blood till it's fat.
It's found in ponds and lakes.
The dried up skin then turns black.
You can can be one of the fakes
The quacks and the riff-raff.
She's honing her LeechCraft.

All healed and none killed.
Leech empty, leech filled.
She's honing her LeechCraft skills.
Just think of the folks that she will heal.
She'll make a great LeechWife.
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You Don't Own Me
You don't own me, no.
I'm not one of your little toys.
You don't own me, no.
You can't keep me from those other boys.

Don't tell me what to do and
Don't tell me what to say.
When I go out with out with you
Don't put me on display.

You don't own me, no.
Don't try to change me in any way.
You don't own me, no.
Don't tie me down 'cause I'd never stay.

I don't tell you what to say.
I don't tell you what to do.
Just let me be myself.
That's all I ask of you.

You don't own me, no.
I'm not one of your little toys.
You don't own me, no.
You can't keep me from those other boys.

Don't tell me what to do and
Don't tell me what to say.
When I go out with out with you
Don't put me on display.

I don't tell you what to say.
I don't tell you what to do.
Just let me be myself.
That's all I ask of you.

I'm wrong.
I love to be free.

I'm wrong. Yeah, I love to be wrong.
I'm free. Yeah, I love to be free.
Free to do whatever I want.
To live my life the way that I please.

 

This song was originally performed by Lesley Gore.


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The New Zero
He has agreed
To take me
To the Ice Hotel from the magazine

What we will need
Is a gleaming key
Made of ice as well
By the finest ice machine.

It's there that no one will stare
At your jaws and your long fur
The claws in your fingers.

It's in the past when the passerby laughed
At your strange way of speaking
Your batteries leaking
Oh no

Oh God no
They don't know
The New Zero.

Uniforms worn
So leisurely.
The reindeer skins
The privacy

How was he born?
He's asking me
Flapping his fins
Very impressively.

It's there that no one will stare
At your jaws and your long fur
The claws in your fingers.

It's in the past when the passerby laughed
At your strange way of speaking
Your batteries leaking
Oh no

 

Oh God no
They don't know
The New Zero.
He has agreed
To take me
To the Ice Hotel.


I really don't care and neither does he
If this hotel melts into the sea
Polished and so rare, this is the way that we see.
The coldness helps, it's our favorite remedy.

It's there that no one will stare
At your jaws and your long fur
The claws in your fingers.

It's in the past when the passerby laughed
At your strange way of speaking
Your batteries leaking, oh no!

 

Oh God no
They don't know
The New Zero.
He has agreed
To take me
To the Ice Hotel.


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Rose K.
She doesn't know the man
Who tries to push her wheelchair in the sand.
She just looks out to sea.
He's talking endlessly.

Oh, why won't he shutup?
I take my medicine
I crush the paper cup.
Oh, maybe he's my son
And he's coming to set me free.

She knows that she forgot
That there's a story and she
Can't recall the plot.
Of course her family fought
Over the furniture.

Oh, I don't know why they
Have taken all my favorite things away.
But one thing that's for sure
I don't know what they were.

They say a stone is a marker
And that it has weight.
They say it's solid
But it can deteriorate.

The air is like a hand
Reminding her of all the things she's planned.
Like air that thought is gone
Never to come again.

We came out to the beach to find the mind I've lost and cannot reach.
I used to keep it here.
It was much cleaner then.

They say a rose is a flower
And that it is red.
It blooms, it grows, it wilts
And then it is dead.

They say a stone is a marker
And that it has weight.
They say it's solid
But it can deteriorate.

They say a rose is a flower
And that it is red.
It blooms, it grows, it wilts
And then it is dead.

Oh, Rose Kennedy.
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DwarfStar
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Sign of the Zodiac
Do you beleve in the Signs of the Zodiac?
Haven't you found that the systems for
Planning always fail?

Can you avoid what gave Daddy his heart attack?
Have you tried everything, anything
All to no avail?

I know what you need.
This will really work.
In ancient times, if you were sick
They make you bleed.
Oh, honey I know it hurts.

Look all around you and notice you're not alone.
We want to gice you the courage to
Go a different way.
Think of the love and attention we all have shown.
What did we do when we heard, well, we
All came right away.

I know what you need.
This will really work.
In ancient times, if you were sick
They make you bleed.
Oh, honey I know it hurts.

Do you believe in the Signs of the Zodiac?

I know what you need.
This will really work.
In ancient times, if you were sick
They make you bleed.
Oh, honey I know it hurts.

Do you believe in the Signs of the Zodiac?
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TrenchMouth
Yeah, he was big landowner.
He was a bad mouthbreather.
But you can see his station wagon stand alone.
Woulda, coulda, we should have known.

He was a failed cropduster.
I am his little sister.
He was a whistleblower for the F. D. A.
Maybe was them sent him away.
He was a football player.
He didn't have a lot to say.

That guy's a lousy actor.
He was a hard-core cracker.
He wore a trenchcoat and he waved the Dixie flag.
But he's my brother, so I brag.
Don't be a dark naysayer.
So they all said he was a fag.

He had a really big TrenchMouth
When we were living way down South.
He had a really big TrenchMouth.

It's on the edge of nowhere.
No way for them to go there.
I know I'm not much help, but here is where I'll stay.
I'm hoping they'll find him some day.
I should put up some flyers.
Can you think of another way?

He had a really big TrenchMouth
When we were living way down South.
Then he up and disappeared.
He just left his car up here.

He had a really big TrenchMouth
When we were living way down South.
He had a really big TrenchMouth.
Nobody seems to know why he
Would disappear just leave me here.
On a dirty hill for all time
Me and the pinetree that I stand behind.

He had a really big TrenchMouth
When we were living way down South.
He had a really big TrenchMouth.
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Herb Girls of Birkenau
Experiment victims walk by on a hill
With berries in aprons, I still see them. Still
See black empty eyes staring, no hair, yet ahead
There's no dignity there. They're not living not dead.

Swayback and Ripcord and parachute face
Were pulled from the water and put in a place
I've no been to, but what you'll find
Is the kommandant hoarding the vegetable rinds.

It's not like they mattered.
Who sucked out your spirit?
Listen how we shout at them.
They can't hear it.

It's not fair
And it seems impossible
That it happened at all.
That there were people who saw
The Herb Girls of Birkenau.

The Herb Girls of Birkenau walk by on a hill.
With berries in aprons, I still see them still.

It's not fair
And it seems impossible
That it happened at all.
That there were people who saw the herb girls.

But what's fair?
Anything is possible.
But can you understand that there were people who saw the herb girls?

It's not fair.
And it seems impossible
That there were people there.
There were people who saw the Herb Girls of Birkenau.
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Mayfly
The fly
Of May
It lives
One day.

When that day is done
The MayFly does not complain.
It flies into the setting sun.
It goes back to the place
From which it came

The fly
Of May

Ask how
Ask why
One day
MayFly.
That's all
You get.
You give
No thought
To it.

Me, my life is long
With reasons few like you.
When I go and when I'm gone
I will understand these things
I never knew.

The fly
Of May.

One day one day one day one day
It's long enough
If you really think about it.

The fly
Of May
It lives
One day.
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Christian Soldiers
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DiamondMind
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How We Quit the Forest
The Ostrich and the Egret
Had a very fine flat to let.
Figurine hutch, no the place wasn't much, but they
Got a Peacock.

His belongings were meager but,
He was pretty, would bring good luck.
They would sing songs all around the piano and
Do the Cakewalk.

He would say what he's gonna do.
He would say what he wanted to.
Ostrich and Egret were filled with regret, but the
Rent's well worth him.

He felt things that they'd never felt.
Like the slap of a feather belt.
So still they sit by a fireplace silent.
A chill ran through them.

Ostrich and Egret and Peacock had very small dreams.
Thinking of them just reminds me of calendar scenes.
Nobody's laughing when everyone's weeping, it seems.

So that's How We Quit the Forest.
The scene wasn't what it used to be.
The scene is never what it used to be.
So, that's How We Quit the Forest.

The scene wasn't what it used to be.
The scene is never what it used to be.
So, that's How We Quit the Forest.
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Watch T.V.
I'm the lucky one
Always having fun.
I tie back my hair.

I sit and watch T. V.
I see only me,
Though I look for you there.

Oh, where have you gone?
Were you canceled?
I change to channel 2.
You were the one
Who gave me all my answers.
I changed
So did you.

Try another show.
With the volume low.
I make up what they say.
Where it used to be your face
Is an empty space
Your co-stars look away.

Oh, where have you gone
And do you miss me
And what we used to do?
You were the one
Who'd talk and smile for half an hour
Always new.

I'm the lucky one.
I watch a re-run.
It looks a lot like you.

One star lost a family
One family lost a star.
That's why I wait and watch
To find out where you are.

One family lost a star.
One star, they lost their family.
That's why I sit at home alone
And Watch T. V.

I can watch forever
I can watch for hours
It just get better
It gives me power
I can watch for hours
I can watch forever
It gives me pleasure
It makes me better

I'm the lucky one.
Always having fun.

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