"Don't Wake The Scarecrow" as written by and Ian Felice James Felice....
Would you love me
If I told you I was born upstream
If I told you I come from money
White money
Would you love me
Would you love me

Well, I was born down
By a bad little river in a poor town
Where an indian-giver put a board out
It said "Boarding House"
Call him Scarecrow
He kept whores around

And I'd go there
I'd wait my turn on the broke stairs
And get me the girl with the gold hair
Aw yeah, leave your clothes there
On the folding chair

In that cold room
Your breath would twist just like ghosts do
You said, "Call me Dorothy in red shoes"
And the bed moved
The bed moved
The bed moved

Tracy, don't you wake that scarecrow tonight

Well, the man would come in
It's hard living right giving head when
The sad days of winter have set in
And the medicine for an addict is heroin

I'd find you there in the bath
We'd cook up your shit in a tin can
And you started calling me Tin Man
And we started making plans to begin again
Begin again

You saved a C note
Told me you felt like a seagull
Told me to meet at the depot
With the needle, then maybe we'd go
To Reno

Where you'd be my desert dove
And we'd find a way to make better love
Said, "Baby, that's how the West was won"
And the blood-red sun
Yeah, the blood-red sun
And the blood-red sun

Tracy, don't you wake that scarecrow tonight

Well, the man cries,
"Who gives a damn when a tramp dies?"
But I loved you there in the lamp light
With your bare thighs
And the halo of your hair alive

And all my lifelong
I'll never shake off your siren song
And all of your talk about dying young
With an iron lung and that crazy way

You said, "Simon,
I think I might stay here with Scarecrow tonight
Simon, I think I'm gonna stay here with Scarecrow tonight."


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    General CommentHaunting isn't it? And so tragic that they talk of starting again but she can't pull herself away from the profession that pays for her habit.

    I would suggest that rather than "Simon", he sings "silent, I think I might stay hear with Scarecrow tonight".

    Silent seems more appropriate as it won't wake Scarecrow.

    These guys, and I suspect Ian felice inparticular, write some awesome lyrics. Listen closely to Frankies Gun and a seemingly fun song becomes much darker. I've put my interpretation on this site, it really is extremely clever.
    Houxty1on December 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song. One of my favorites ever. I can't wait to see the Felices' live!!

    CORRECTIONS:
    "And the medicine for an addict is heroin"
    medicine for a mannequin.
    "And the halo of your hair alive"
    halo of your hair line
    "I'll never shake off your siren song"
    SILENT song.
    TheStoryIsInTheSoilon June 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a good song, although a bit sad...
    mnteckyon April 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWoW

    kjoyoon November 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell, the man would come in
    It's hard living right giving head when<<<< The sad days of winter have set in
    And the medicine for an addict is heroin


    >>>>its hard living right getting ahead when
    kjoyoon March 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written by Simon(E) Felice. The songs he sings are the ones that he composes, usually. When "Simon" is sung in the song, he really is singing Simon, not silent.

    Personally I think Simone writes some of the more compelling songs that I love by the brothers. I read an interview where James and Ian discussed that Simone said this song was very truthful. There wasn't detail as to how or why, but take it for it is.

    Probably my favorite part of the song here:

    "maybe we'd go to Reno
    Where you'd be my desert dove
    And we'd find a way to make better love
    Said, "Baby, that's how the West was won"
    rockisgroovyon March 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written by Simon(E) Felice. The songs he sings are the ones that he composes, usually. When "Simon" is sung in the song, he really is singing Simon, not silent.

    Personally I think Simone writes some of the more compelling songs that I love by the brothers. I read an interview where James and Ian discussed that Simone said this song was very truthful. There wasn't detail as to how or why, but take it for it is.

    Probably my favorite part of the song here:

    "maybe we'd go to Reno
    Where you'd be my desert dove
    And we'd find a way to make better love
    Said, "Baby, that's how the West was won"
    rockisgroovyon March 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis and Ballad of Lou the Welterweight are my fave Felice Brothers' songs. The whole Yellow Brick Road movie that plays out here is awesome...and the cast of characters: Dorothy, Tin Man and the Scarecrow himself. It's the little details that really make it, things like "Aw yeah, leave your clothes there on the folding chair" which almost spells out the transient nature of the sex on offer along with the bleak functionality of the room in question. It's the basis of a whole novel yet it fits into a song perfectly. Such style and economy of writing. Definitely in my top 10 songs of all time.
    zimmy0on March 22, 2010   Link

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