she was part of an inner circle
daughters of the mother land
like a ship
lit up at sea
with scars where its talons used to be
scars where its talons used to be
scars where its talons used to be

i was a slow learner
and i moved in flourishes
i was a late bloomer
i moved in flourishes
last man on the scene
fresh face on a dying scene
one hundreth of a wet black bough
one hundreth of a wet black bough
one hundreth of a wet black bough

i was clytemnestra on a good day
dispensing wisdom to the uninitiated
the initiates brought out in tumbrels
shat out by the dawn
shat out by the dawn
shat out by the dawn

and like a woman i was careless
as the wealthy american underground
wept at the sight of rhode island sinking
into the sea

and the sky
still reigns
supreme over the land
as the music lovers
sat cross-legged in the sand
and in time and in space
and in other words in a band
who, much like churchgoers...

and the sky
still reigns
supreme over the land
as the music lovers
sat cross-legged in the sand
and in time and in space
and in other words in the band
who, much like churchgoers, fuck themselves... up


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    General Commentdan bejar makes me proud to be canadian!1
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    the song title is possibly referencing the 16th chapter of the mountains of california, by John Muir.

    "wet, black bough..." is a reference to the poem "in a station of the metro" by ezra pound.
    vulgaron May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuper-good song from an amazing album. Oh, and Clytemnestra refers to the wife of Agamemnon, the daughter of Zeus & Leda when Zeus turned into a swan to bear two children with Leda.
    jfrancison March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDan Bejar makes me want to be Canadian.
    Moses19on June 30, 2006   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionTo me he's singing "With scarves where its halyards used to be" and not "...scars where its talons used to be". Since he was describing a ship, halyards makes more sense. A halyard (halliard) is a rope used to raise the sails. Other than that I have no idea what the song is about, but I still like it.
    ginintonicon February 28, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI agree with ginintonic that it does sound like he's singing "scarves", not "scars". But I really don't hear "halyards", even though that would make more sense with ships. It definitely sounds like "talons", although I could be persuaded that it's "talents".
    nattyishon May 23, 2012   Link

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