White lace and paperclips, both are the same
Ice cubes and sailing ships, different in name
All that is different’s the rules of the game
Posters and handkerchiefs, ask for no fame

Photos, guitar picks, you both want to save
Swordfights and battles, you think you’re so brave
You could be killed and then put in your grave
Pocketlint, broken glass, give to Queen Maeve

Gold rings and palantirs, none is for me
Boromir, Faramir, same thing to me
Maybe the river’s the best place to be
Disappear, reappear, out by the sea

Broken glass, bits of string, sweep from the ground
Lovely queens, failed kings, you can’t hear a sound
Feast for the poor when no one’s around
Feathers on owl’s wings, southward bound

Tools and earwigs, who cares what they say?
Silver and Hedwig, a king for a day
Maybe it doesn’t really matter anyway
Peppercorns, candy figs, that’s what they say

Tools and earwigs, who cares what they say?
Silver and Hedwig, a king for a day
Maybe it doesn’t really matter anyway
Hey, I don’t give a fig, that’s what I say

That’s what they say, that’s what they say
That’s what they told me, that’s what they say
That’s what they say, that’s what they told me
That’s what they said to me, I’ll treat it that way


Lyrics submitted by Pippin the Mercury

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