Gallows Bird

by White Dog

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released December 7, 2016

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Track Name: Perfect Little Bird
Bathed in gold
No one spoke
A coward's hope
We'd be spared the rope

Where is the criminal and what is the crime
I wonder whenever I find the time
A line to the ladder, the names on a list
The hangman came into our midst

You face the fire on your own
But it's only because I know
My turn's soon, love
You face the fire
You face the fire
But it's only because I know
You're a perfect little bird

Gallows tree
Roots run deep
Birds will sing
And the rebels will swing

The next one climbs and I'm glad it's not me
For who could have served more faithfully
The courthouse bows to the judgement of flame
Into our midst, the hangman came
Track Name: Lower Heaven
If I lower heaven
Would you reach up?

I can keep the word you're breaking
I can turn this world of your making
Still I don't know what you think you are doing
History's not a blueprint for the future

Oh, don't let them sing
No no no

If I lower heaven
Would you reach up?

If I beg the Lord for some guidance
If I lend my sword to these fighters
If that's what it takes for you to be convinced
I'll try to remember despair is a sin

Oh, don't let them sing
No no no

If I lower heaven
Would you reach up?
Track Name: Tin Cross
All of those years with a cross around her neck
The heart remembers what the body forgets
The child who comforts a mother who weeps
The rash from a ring, she had to burn the sheets

With hands too small to pray
Before she was taken, she made
A tin cross

Dowse the votives, break the statuettes
The branch remembers what the axe forgets
A child whose faith salved a mother's doubt
A quick prayer before the lights go out

With hands too small to pray
Before she was taken, she made
A tin cross
Track Name: Money & Power
Money and power
All your conscience allows
Money and power
And I don't care how

The innocent and the beautiful
Have no enemy but time
But I'm old and I'm ugly
So render unto me what is mine

Money and power
All your conscience allows
Money and power
And I don't care how
I don't care how

My needs are few
And so easily met
A warm bed, a kind word
And total omnipotence

Love's just a word
And the fruits of the flesh
Are smells and stain in the sheets

But I'm cold and I'm hungry
So give me
GIve me
GIve me what I want

Money and power
All your conscience allows
Money and power
And I don't get how