Oh! your eyes, your greedy eyes!
Your dry and desperate tongue
You've told a lie! a lie! a lie!
For every pretty note your reddy voice has sung
Do we believe in devils? No.
Winged men? The healing pow'r of love? No.
Enchantment? Social justice? No.
Dead child actors in a white, white world above? No.
Then why are all these songs about the things that don't exist?
Do not resist! You'll burn these lies tonight and never let them live
Oh, stoke the fire, you'll burn these words tonight
I cannot let them live

The Pooka wings away
His power o'er me's at an end
And I put down the violin
I leave it down, never again!


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    General Commentthe beginning of this...
    no... the entire song... it's haunting
    acityofwebson November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGhostly. Very beautiful.
    Vocalitieson February 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the most frustrating songs to sing along with, yet one of the most frustratingly, confusingly beautiful. The beginning? Suspenseful, wraithlike, substantially sparse. The middle benefits from a piano accompaniment that slowly crescendoes, then, fades, then comes back, like waves. Then, the album ends too soon.

    One interview claims this song is a sort of "disclaimer" where Owen Pallett claims that all he has said has nothing to do with his personal beliefs, or something along these lines. The pooka's a magical Irish creature, a sort of shapeshifting creature of myth. Google the Wikipedia page.

    The Pooka wings away
    His power o'er me's at an end
    And I put down the violin
    I leave it down, never again!
    lirsveacbaon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh god. this song is just arresting. does he even know he's written some of the most beautiful music masquerading as indie?
    no_quarter51on April 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song remembers me of the dark vibe in Tim Burton films; Johnny Depp wearing black, gray paved streets, sad silent people with dark clothes passing by, cold dark colours everywhere. So sad, so haunting. The repeating melody comes back to your mind at the first moments after you`ve just woke up in the morning, when your mind`s quite empty.I love the sigh before "your dry and desperate tongue".
    I think it`s partly about giving up your dreams because they`re too weird to be accepted by others. The audience force you to be what you`re not. Then you`ve changed and there`s no way back.You can never be the one you used to be. It`s sad,like being murdered while you`re compeletly innocent.
    RedBlueGreenon April 26, 2011   Link

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