"Patty Lee" as written by and Tim Harrington Syd Butler....
"Patty Lee, turn the lights on, please
There's something I don't understand
Patty Lee, turn the lights on please
This party's gotten out of hand."

Those were the last words her suitor spoke before he croaked
In seven seconds he'd be dead, tied to the headboard of Patty Lee's bed

"Patty Lee, turn the lights on, please
There's something I don't understand
Patty Lee, turn the lights on please
This party's gotten out of hand."

Patty Lee sloughed her skin and showed what was within
It's hard to describe, she moved like smoke and sounded like ice

"Patty Lee, turn the lights on, please
There's something I don't understand
Patty Lee, turn the lights on please
This party's gotten out of hand."

We used to be gods
Now we're so plain
It took ten million years
Just to say my real name
Back before Babylon
Shit was cool
Now we've all got our saddles on
We trot to school

If I may wax poetic
I think the facts are plain
I am the moon ascendant
I am not soon to wane

See my shadows, twice the mountain
Or stretched across the desert plain
Shouting sun flares up like fountains
Shouting planets down like rain


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"Patty Lee" as written by Harrison Haynes Andrew Reuland

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    General CommentWow. This song is amazing.
    ThreePlusTuesdayon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone of my fav LSF songs, musically and lyrically .. awesome

    I haven't completely worked out everything going on lyrically but there is a 19th century poem called "Patty Lee" by some English fellow named Brodrick. it's on Google books, easy to find

    the poem is about this mysterious gypsy girl who is more than what she seems and probably bad news

    King William the Second's murder (alleged! it was never proven) is mentioned as well ... awesome poem if you have the time to read it and it wouldn't surprise me if it was an inspiration for the song

    a side note: there are interesting parallels between William 'Rufus' II, son of William the Conqueror, and the current leader of USA's Executive Branch
    Hawkeye2008on May 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjust got a note from Tim Harrington - the song has nothing to do with the poem, just an odd coincidence that there are similarities there

    anyone out there have any ideas on this song's meaning? clearly, the moon is a key element, but I must say it almost seems the lyrics are intentionally open-ended towards the end
    Hawkeye2008on May 02, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"We used to be gods
    Now we're so plain
    It took ten million years
    Just to say my real name
    Back before Babylon
    Shit was cool
    Now we've all got our saddles on
    We trot to school

    If I may wax poetic
    I think the facts are plain
    I am the moon ascendant
    I am not soon to wane

    See my shadows, twice the mountain
    Or stretched across the desert plain
    Shouting sun flares up like fountains
    Shouting planets down like rain "

    Les Savy Fav are lyrical geniuses, clearly.
    boohskeyon October 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentawsomee song and video! i totally want to learn how to dance like the girl on the video!
    mssparkleson November 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of that season of the Joss Whedon show, "Angel," wherein a god in the guise of a human is trying to take over earth. Her earth name is Jasmine, but to break her curse they have to speak her real name. To get that name they have to go to her home planet in another dimension.
    musettaon April 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOn Dinner with the Band, Tim Harrington says it's about a guy and girl having sex and then all of a sudden the girl turns into a literal monster; like a dragon or lizard or evil god.
    thebert03on July 29, 2011   Link

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