the ballad of the catfox

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lyrics

my soul was sold lifetimes ago in the dark candlelight
in the basement of paradise

going once! for some bits of string, going once! for a trick
going once! for some little boxes full of shells and sticks

then my mother’s father’s mother’s father’s mother’s father’s son
called out, “nine lives and foxes eyes!” and so the deal was done

first i spent a lifetime in the attic
the old squirrelly attic
trying on all the dress up clothes

then i spent a lifetime in the cupboard beneath the stairs
i spun all the cobwebs there
i spun all the cobwebs there

but third and fourth and fifth and sixth
and seventh and eight and nine
all happen in an order that defies linear time

i’ve spent many nighttimes talking to myself in daytime
and as a fox i walked this walk
up to a girl sitting in the sunshine

she had my eyes, i had her eyes
we exchanged eyes and lover’s sighs
i left that love, oh, long behind
my fox eyed girl from some past life

mama’s serving frog-legs for supper tonight
so put on your snakeskin boots
and pull your chair up around the table
for a taste of mother’s soup

she serves it cold and one day old
we sit and sup all night
there’s no more chatter at mother’s table
since all our fathers died

she never learned to cook
oh no, mother’s only learned to hunt
she feeds us to each other
and we have her out for lunch

you’ve never tasted life so sweet
you’ve never had so rare a meat
but the circle never was complete
until you served yourself to me

won’t you show me, won’t you show me,
won’t you show me, won’t you show me
one more time?
won’t you show me one more time?
won’t you show me one last time?

won’t you show me, won’t you show me,
won’t you show me, won’t you show me
one more time?
won’t you show me one last time?
you show me yours, i’ll show you mine.

my soul was sold lifetimes ago
in the dark candlelight
in the basement of paradise

going once! for some bits of string, going once! for a trick
going once! for some little boxes full of shells and sticks

then my mother’s father’s mother’s father’s mother’s father’s son
called out, “nine lives and foxes eyes!” and so the deal was done

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from Zoömagnesis, released November 20, 2015

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Demon of glam-camp rock-erotics and sorceress of hi-literature, nu-carny, post-life song-spells. Also known as Catrin Lloyd-Bollard. Residing in Brooklyn, hailing from Northampton, MA

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