"Fortune Teller" as written by and Allen Toussaint....
Caught cutting through the running tide.
Bleeding out;
Portrayed way past a prime tripping over words and playing tricks on time.
Eastern standard time of the dead.
Wear clocks round our necks like tombstones.
Fuck not lest ye be fucked.
A point invariably moot when you've outgrown smarts and frustration is your strongest suit.
Keep in mind, it's the wisest man that will always be told to foret his ego for a minute and
Realize that he can't replace his ass just because he found a crack in it.
(26 years past my prime as if minutes made a difference)
And How can we sit so still when it's so hard
(Like ostriches with heads in sand we fear our desires.)
So hard to find what you loved
(Breathe every breath like it wasn't a countdown)
To find what you felt in that touch?
(Breathe every breath like it wasn't a countdown)
And How can I go searching for these days when I'm standing among them?
Rhetorical wisdom is a locked door a lost chance and all you'll ever see a statement betrayed like Your worst enemy.
Breathe every breath like it wasn't a countdown.
Can't change a mind lost to the hours held so dear,
Can't force your way out of a dream purchased with fear.


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"Fortune Teller" as written by Allen Toussaint

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    General CommentHot Cross is amazing. I have Cryonics and their split with Light the Fuse and Run. But, what would you expect from ex-Saetia?
    DawnOfReckoningon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTheir songs always seem to be summed up in the last few lines. This one screams of Carpe Diem.
    SickandTiredon September 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, I saw Hot Cross and Billy said it was about how there's this supposed "boys club" that blame everything on their girlfriends/ex-girlfriends, and this is about not doing that and being responsible for it because you most likely brought it upon yourself.
    resifightsabearon February 26, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Keep in mind, it's the wisest man that will always be told to forget his ego for a minute and realize that he can't replace his ass just because he found a crack in it."
    I love that line.
    removeyourteethon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Fuck not lest ye be fucked"

    one of the best lines. ever.
    that line is kind of just saying fuck other people & whatever you do, don't allow yourself be fucked with or messed with or taken advantage or anything like that.

    what a great way to start an amazing album.
    Thursdayloveon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat isn't what that line means at all. "Fuck not lest ye be fucked" means that if you fuck other people, you yourself will get fucked.
    ^Debaseron July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's a reference to a bible verse that reads "Judge not, lest ye be judged." Those who judge others will ultimately be judged for that.
    ^Debaseron July 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite Hot Cross song, and one of my favorite songs of all time. it brings tears to my eyes in its honesty and meaning.

    I'm getting a tattoo of the line "breathe every breath like it wasn't any countdown" sometime relatively soon on my left forearm because it's the one phrase that sums up my outlook on life
    happiness_inc.on June 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlyrically their best imo but not my favorite
    chris-jerichoon July 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think the line:
    "Keep in mind, it's the wisest man that will always be told to foret his ego for a minute and realize that he can't replace his ass just because he found a crack in it."
    i think its funny because there is a family guy episode where peter gets a new ass because "it had a crack in it" does the creator of family guy listen to hot cross? im pretty sure this song predates family guy.
    mattymuchachoon September 11, 2008   Link

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