"The Lion and the Wolf" as written by Dustin Michael Kensrue, Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge and Teppei Teranishi....
The lion's outside of your door
The wolf's in your bed
The lion's claws are sharpened for war
The wolf's teeth are red

And what a monstrous sight he makes
Mocking man's best friend
When both the wolf and lion crave
The same thing in the end

The lion's outside of your door
The wolf's in your bed

The wolf, he howls
The lion does roar
The wolf lets him in
The lion runs in through the door
The real fun begins
As they both rush upon you and
Rip open your flesh
The lion eats his fill and then
The wolf cleans up the mess

The lion's outside of your door
The wolf's in your bed
The lion's outside of your door
The wolf's in your bed


Lyrics submitted by finger2212, edited by thereisafire

"The Lion and the Wolf" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General Commentits actually based off an old fable by aesop.

    "A wolf stole a lamb from the flock, and was carrying it off to devour it at his leisure when he met a Lion, who took his prey away from him and walked off with it. He dared not resist, but when the Lion had gone some distance he said, "It is most unjust of you to take what's mine away from me like that." The Lion laughed and called out in reply, "It was justly yours, no doubt! The gift of a friend, perhaps, eh?"

    do i need to spoonfeed it to you? or can you draw your own conclusions from that?
    The Neenjaon April 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat do the lion and wolf symbolize?
    Spinnaayon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me remember a part in the Ender Series by Orson Scott Card, (I believe it's Xenocide or Children of the Mind), where a character is told the story of a man and the wolf he kept as a dog.

    Apparently, the wife told her husband that the dog was not a dog, but a wild wolf no matter how tamed it may seem. The husband told the wife that the wolf was the most loyal pet he had ever seen and he let it do what all dogs do, including sleep in their bed.

    One day, the husband took the wolf for a private plane ride and the plane crashed. The husband was mortally wounded, his guts hanging out and the wolf started to eat his insides. The man was not angry, but happy saying these words as he looked into the wolf's eyes:

    "I am so very happy that at least one of us will survive instead of both of us dying. You are truly a worthy pet."

    That story, like I said, reminds me of this song. That the wolf is disguising as a dog and waiting for the time that he can take advantage of the person who thinks they own him. Since the wolf can't take out the person on his own for various reasons, he has to bide the lion to come and do the job for him.

    Aesop's tale comes into play because the lion gets first dibs in both the fable and the song, with the wolf only getting what's left over in the song. What is devoured can be anything really, but we must know something: The wolf betrayed someone's trust.

    I think that Dustin made the song ever expanding, so it could be about anything, but it teaches us a lesson: That we should beware of those enemies that play as friends more than those that are obviously enemies.
    Vagrant_AIon May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentUh.... it could also simply mean thus::

    Appearances aren't always what they seem. You think the dangers outside and unable to touch you, but there's unapparent danger lurking within. Sometimes the most dangerous things are from within, only to be worsened when it leads to your lack of defense from whats on the outside.
    Anrinyaon January 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis just struck me as I was listening to the song...

    The lion could be temptation or something along those lines outside of the body, and the wolf could be your conscience or demons or however you want to look at it from inside your head.

    The lion is outside always trying to find a way in, and when the wolf is loud and strong (in your head) it opens the door (you justify), satisfying the temptation.

    Then you after having fun or however you put it with the temptation or lion, the wolf sticks around and reminds you how you messed up.

    All in all I think the wolf is a double meaning for the devil and here is why. "Mocking man's best friend." Obviously its not talking about a dog, because that just doesn't make sense in this song. Man's best friend is Jesus, our savior, redeemer, ect. The devil tries to copy God at times, and this is what Dustin could've meant by mocking.

    Just a possibility.
    Dennis Roberton April 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think dannis kinda has it. in my opinion the wolf is the person. The lions temptation.

    the wolf lets him in, the lion just eats up, and the wolf has to clear everything up.
    Nahumgmon April 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentman's best friend could be dog
    cuz wolves are dogs, aren't they
    devinxdisasteron April 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAs they both rush upon you and rip open your flesh.
    Street Spiriton April 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen he says "v", he is talking about dog,becuase 1.) Jesus isn't you best freand, as that would imply he is your equal, and the bible states he is man's king, and 2.) a dog and wolf are technicaly the same species. The classic charicature of the wolf is evil and undermining, so it makes sense that in this song it is saying that the wolf is hiding amoung you posing as a dog.
    Cavmanon April 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree that "mocking man's best friend" refers to a wolf being closely related to a dog. However, I think the wolf symbolizes those that are close to you and you consider to be a friend. When actually they will be the cause of your demise.

    Thank you neenja for pointing out the fable, I was curious where Dustin got the whole Lion/Wolf idea.

    In "The Sky is Falling" Dustin refers to jingoism a couple times, and he refers to war in several other songs in this project. I think the wolf represents (more specifically) any government that uses offense as its best defense. For example, the U.S.'s current foreign policy. And Dustin is saying this will only invite those that already oppose us to attack, and our government will have to clean up the mess.
    eRockr11on April 14, 2008   Link

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