"Serpent Charmer" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
There's a woman here with a broken record player
And a dusty compass off to map the country's new behavior
Strange words that we hold on back into the river
Brave boys in the empty coats of men

There's a kitchen timer, distractions and reminders
Rolly-pollies started crawling across your family's china
Strange words that we hold on back into the river
Dead dogs on the winter night again

There's a serpent charmer, pair of shoes and wander
Speeding ticket, you're not leaving that last land of slaughter
Strange words that we hold on back into the river
Good girls come and kick you in the shin

There's a hopeful hunter that has a sense of wonder
And leaving claw marks on the rock he hid his money under
Strange words that we hold on back into the river
And made men only want to live again

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"Serpent Charmer" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    I think it might be how you look back on your life before you die, all the things you wasted time on... and now you wish you could go back and do things differently.
    noiamnotwhereibelongon November 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'll be damned if I don't her another indictment of George W. Bush here with his dusty compass to map the country's new behavior...

    Brave boys = soldiers
    Empty coats of men = the bidnessmen that they fight for

    The serpent charmer would be the generals leading the lambs (brave boys) to slaughter

    Maybe the hunter in the fourth stanza is Cheney?

    Can't figure out who the kitchen timer is though...

    I know that Mr. Beam's lyrics are always (gloriously) interpretative, but that's what I be interpretating to-nite ya'll!

    Fo sho,


    haroldvonanusiiion December 02, 2010   Link

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