as the days gray the eyes of the dogs

by paper forest

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released November 30, 1902

if I was as fucked up as you?

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Track Name: the et tu brutus blues
what would I do
if I was as fucked up as you?
well, Brutus would never stab me in the back
no, he'd stab me in the chest like a true friend

what would I do
if I was a righteous as you?
you've got the lion's teeth
but where is the heart?
you've got the lyre's teeth
where's the guitar?

what would I do
if I was as strong as you?
well, Brutus would never stab me in the back
no, he'd stab me in the chest like a true friend

what would I do
if I was as fucked up as you?
Track Name: the flat tire blues
my baby's crying
all her air is leaking out
the valve stem's broken
and I am fitting to shout

they stabbed my tires
I seen the knife the right on the ground
came in the night and left without a sound

got five new tires
I don't know what I'm gonna do
all I wanna do is drive around to see you

the tire's flat on my friend's bicycle
I don't know what I'm going to say

got new tires, they were all brand new
I don't know what I'm gonna do
all I wanna do is drive around to see you

the tire's flat on my friend's bicycle
there's nothing to do, we can't get around no more
Track Name: friend
are you my friend?
are you my friend, love, are you my friend?

are you my love?
are you my love, friend, are you my love?

where did you go, love, where did you go?
why did you go, friend, why did you go?
Track Name: growing roots to move
well I'm growing roots to move
I'm growing leaves to drop down to you

I walked ten miles to plant those seeds
and those babies grew right into trees
well, we finally left home and got away
above the clouds to spread our wings

you reap what you sow
but what's in the ground? you don't know
well, you see what you think
but your eye's got a mind of its own

well, you reap what you sow
but what's in the ground? you don't know
well, you think what you see
but your mind's got an eye of its own

one thing before we go
is all meaning imagined?
is it impossible to really know?
is it impossible to really know?
Track Name: I ain't no fool
I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, to your ways

she take me home
lord, she take me home
lord, she take me home
so she can play

I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, to your ways

she give me a kiss
lord, she give me a kiss
lord, she give me a kiss
make me wanna stay

I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, to your ways

she take off her clothes
lord, she take off her clothes
lord, she take off her clothes
I can't stay away

I know she will leave
lord, I know she will leave
lord, I know she will leave
for the rest of my days

I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, I ain't no fool
babe, to your ways
Track Name: I wasn't raised by wolves
I wasn't raised by wolves

I learned to kill
I learned to take the life away
I learned from man
He showed me the way

I wasn't raised by wolves

No, I was raised by a creature much meaner than wolves
No, I was raised by a creature much cleaner than wolves

I wasn't raised by wolves

We can be good
We can be so good
We can learn to love
Just like the mama to her cub

I wasn't raised by wolves

No, I was raised by a creature that can be so warm
No, I was raised by a creature that can be so warm
Track Name: the mouse and the owl
you are the owl
I am the mouse
and that's how it goes

you are nighttime
I am daylight
and that's how it goes

I am the owl
you are the mouse
and that's how it goes

go home at night
it's been such a long time
turn your head around
stop hanging with such a shady crowd
and that's how it goes

we are all owls
we are all mice
and that's how it goes
Track Name: tree galaxies (you have made me wild)
he pressed leaves into my palms and spoke with a face half hidden in darkness of mold and loneliness
he didn't hear me calling with my rain dance
and must not have heard me calling with my golden green song
we'll make it your body, then
we'll do things your way
until I can't hear you anymore
as you wave from the tops of trees
and I can't stretch my neck any further to see which tree says what
but he pressed leaves into my palms, and that should count for something
seeds of fertility, or roots of origin
salvation from the rain, or relief from the heat
but nothing

I grow exotic flowers and fruits with the tears shed over you
lifting up limestone and alabaster, a heavy place to hang your head
and I still think of you when the slams, breaks, and lazy collisions all roll together, and the days fall clap, clap, clap like dominoes off a table, and I am languid with you

slow and reluctant, getting out of bed in the morning

there are days when I feel there could be no end to you
and all that is you, and all that could ever be you
and everything that will be you to come

you have made me wild
brought out the wolf inside of me, inside of us all
the giant animal shapes we tame and domesticate
flashing a full moon on us without warning
a bomb going off in my chest
a galaxy of stars exploding
a giant redwood crashing to the earth
and I am just so happy you are home

you have made me wild
Track Name: what lays in the ground isn't always dead
all god to me is now lost
all filthy despair puddled around my feet
remember me, remember me
all paradise now lost
all apocalypse must now begin
what lays in the ground isn't always dead
so shoot it first and color it red
the blood bleeds thick and ugly
you need eyes in the back of your head
and in the palms of your hands
and on every extremity
you must make certain, you must be sure
that you are completely alone before you turn around
we are born free and now its come to this
so hit me, hit me
oh god, and watch me fall
I close my eyes but it makes no difference
the horror, the horror still seeps in
my weapon is phallic
and it, too, will turn its back on me
like indiffierence in this godforsaken inferno country
the hellen furnace your body burned in me will not be forgotten
to be empty is not forbidden, not ungodlike
your eyes are slanted, strong and deep
as if I'm the savage, the stranger
the stranger of us both
but we are all quite mad here
and once you see that, life is just empty heads and hollow men
we all become whatever we hate eventually
the point is that you start to hate what you once loved
but the sky is holding overhead
and we need some reassurance that someday
everything will end
Track Name: the stars are dead light
the stars are dead light
that we remember late at night
we give them funny names

they help us light our way
like the sun does in the day
while we play our silly games

I saw stars in your eyes
found out that they were lies
how could I not know?

I cannot take you back
gave you away so fast
but the light, it dies so slow

there are crickets in your hair
fireflies glow in your stare
as the ember slowly fades

I'm running towards the coast
waking up every ghost
as I'm chased by the waves to my death

We're running towards the coast
Chasing our golden ghost
We're running out of breath, my love