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Woodcat, oh once a girl
but not since the incident
Lives in the darkness making friends with the animals
Eyes burning yellow
I miss your sweet kisses
I miss having coffee in bed watching TV

The ghost of an image
it's just fleeting glimpses
You're there then you're gone
through the roots and the nettles
I miss your hard edges
I miss your bone marrow
I miss having coffee in bed watching TV

And we all had a lovely time

I'll look for a man
to turn me into a hare
Just like they did
when you did what you did
And the court came around
and the verdict flew out
And the rats ran about
and the change trickled down

And they left your brown body
gentle and shivering
Back in the clearing
with the deer in the evening
And I'll come and find you;
small sleek and silent
And we'll live like lovers
in an old wooden rhyme

And we're in for a lovely time

Come close up to me,
fire in an open hearth
Raised in a vessel
of our only action
Some satisfaction,
some sweet satisfaction
From all of this everything,
spun 'round the middle

And they said it was a lovely time


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    General Commenti love tunng stuff its so nice, with the acoustic guitars
    bloc_party15on June 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFavorite off of the album. I love it, and the fantasy imagery is really nice "man into a hair. Such a gentle and lovely tune.
    t4pyroon September 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it is relating how someone can change in a relationship, therefore it breaks down. sort of like magic/ really sudden and unexplicable?

    obviously he's missing his lover, yet she's moved on.
    quirky_but_kewlon December 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a girl who's been turned into a hare because of some unnamed crime, and he wants to find someone to change him into a hare as well, so he can be with her in the forest.

    At least metaphorically, but maybe even literally.
    MarquisMarkon March 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti really want to know what symbolism lies behind the phrase "turn me into a hare..."
    the rest of the song makes some sort of sense. sort of. it all seems to be about missing a relationship, about regrets and what-ifs and longing for things to return to the way they were.
    but how would being turned into a hare change anything? what is it to be turned into a hare?

    maybe the answer lies in mythology. or maybe it's a reference to a magician's trick, pulling a rabbit out of a hat or transforming something into a rabbit.

    and also, what is the reference to woodcat?

    maybe the man wants to be a hare so that he can forever be chased by his woodcat.
    yesteryearon March 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe imagery in this song reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. Especially the parts in Alice where the Knave of Hearts is on trial and when Alice shrinks and is swimming with all the animals in a lake of her own tears. Lovely, fantastic, fairy tale song.
    songyoneon July 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think woodcat is another name for hare.
    This is what I found:

    It was considered unlucky in Scotland to have a hare on your boat and the name of the hare could not be spoken at sea. It was not an unknown practice for a dead rabbit to mysteriously appear on a rival’s boat. One anonymous Middle English poem which Seamus Heaney has translated advises anyone who meets a hare to praise it. The poet rehearses the names of the hare:

    the quick-scut, the dew-flirt,
    the grass-biter, the goibert
    the home-late, the do-the-dirt

    the starer, the wood-cat
    the purblnd, the furze cat,
    the skulker, the bleary-eyed
    the wall-eyed, the glance-aside
    the stag sprouting a suede horn
    the creature living in the crn
    the creature bearing all men's scorn,
    the creature no one dares to name.

    The negative superstitions associated with the hare may have appeared after the advent of Christianity, since hares, maybe more than other animals are associated, in Europe, with the most common shapeshifting disguise of witches.
    secoeon May 05, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIt seems to me like this girl he loves has a bad reputation. She's got "hard edges", "yellow burning eyes", and she's done something wrong ("the incident"). She "lives in the darkness". This guy loves her in spite of it, and wants to join her. He's willing to become a hare like her if it means they get to be together (even though it doesn't sound like that's a good thing).

    A great metaphor for the ways we lower ourselves in the name of love and allow our morality/values to change.
    anbanon June 15, 2014   Link

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