Through mostly vacant streets
A baker from the outskirts of his town
Earned his living peddling sweets
From a ragged cart he dragged around
The clever fox crept close behind
Kept an ever watchful eye
For a chance to steal a ginger spice cake
Or a boysenberry pie

Looking down was the hungry crow:
"When the time is right, I'll strike
And condescend to the earth below
And take whichever treat I'd like"
The moment the baker turned around
To shoo the fox off from his cart
The crow swooped down and snatched a shortbread cookie
And a German chocolate tart

Using most unfriendly words
That the village children had not yet heard
The baker shouted threats by canzonette
To curse the crafty bird
"You rotten wooden mixing spoon
Why, you midnight-winged raccoon
You better bring those pastries back
You no-good burned-black macaroon"

The fox approached the tree
Where the bird was perched delighted in his nest
"Brother Crow, don't you remember me?
It's your old friend Fox with a humble request
If you could share just a modest piece
Seeing as I distracted that awful man"
This failed to persuade the crow in the least
So the fox rethought his plan

"Then if your lovely song would grace my ears
Or to even to hear you speak
Would ease my pains and fears!"
The crow looked down with the candy in his beak
"Your poems of wisdom, my good crow
What a paradise they bring!"
This flattery pleased the proud bird
So he opened his mouth and began to sing:

"Your subtle acclamation's true
Best to give praise where praise is due
Every rook and jay and corvidae's
Been raving about me too
They admire me, one and all
Must be the passion in my caw
My slender bill known throughout the escadrille
My fierce commanding claw!"

I got a walnut brownie brain
And molasses in my veins
Crushed graham cracker crust
My powdered sugared funnel cake cocaine
Let the crescent cookie rise
These carob-colored almond eyes
Would rest to see my cashewed princess
In the swirling marble sky
Would rest upon the knee
Where all of the visions cease to be
A root-beer float in our banana boat
Across the tapioca sea
When letting all attachments go
Is the only prayer we know
May it be so
May it be so
May it be so

Lyrics submitted by agentlemanandaascholar

The Fox, the Crow, and the Cookie song meanings
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  • +1
    My InterpretationSo the baker is the parent and he offers up the narrator as his sweet goods like children ready to be guided or stolen. the clever fox represents cunning and humility. the crow is alternatively impatient, hungry, and far too proud for his own good. once the crow grabs the treat the fox was going for, the fox preys on this weakness by getting him to open his mouth, sing of himself, and simultaneously drop the treats he stole. while the crow is trapped in his proud reverie and the fox makes off with the treat, it (the candy, etc) begins to reflect on its form and finally how it became so: "When letting all attachments go is the only prayer we know, may it be so". This means that the narrator knows nothing but to pray to be guided into the right hands (as an innocent, motionless cookie), trusting that he'll end up somewhere favorable (in this case away from the obnoxious crow and into the fox's more deserving hands). So a parable about pride and probably more. animal and food metaphors make for a happy album. great song.
    onethinwallawayon April 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this is based on the Aesop short story "The Fox and the Crow."
    stjoejakeon April 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthahah. "raven" about me XD
    HWOntoFireon August 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA beautifully put together song from start to finish. Musically it is absolutely wonderful. Lyrically, well at first a bit confusing, but by the end it is tied together in mewithoutYou's strange wondrousness. Yes, I realize my rambling sounds crazy but it's just because of the coma that their new CD just put me in. Anyways, the best part of this song to me is the ending with the lyrics. Also, the violin between chorus and verse is not bad.
    blissfullysson April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis is probably the best song from their new album.
    rm2009on April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe second line is needs to be changed to "up acre from"
    the third line is "peddling." he's not riding a bike.
    and is it just me or does the blank sound like, "i got a walnut brownie brain"
    take the "the" out of "crushed the graham cracker crust"
    it's not HIS knee, it's "Will rest upon the knee"

    also, for those who are curious as i was, an escadrille is a European air squadron more notably a French one of 10 or more aircraft.
    theenjoisk8ron April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's
    "I got a walnut brownie brain"
    instead of it rained
    THis song is so amazing.
    I think it gets summed up at the end. "Let all attachments go"
    that and a note about too much pride, Anyways, can't wait to buy this

    CrownOLoveon April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis flattery pleased the proud bird so,
    He opened his mouth and began to sing:

    i assume this means the bird opened his mouth, therefore losing his food to the fox?
    caniscreamon April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt (most assuredly) is based on the fable of the fox and the crow. I think that the morale this song presents is one discouraging vanity. My main reasoning for this conclusion is the entire end paragraph where we see the bird, victorious over the fruit of his efforts, prideful to the point of losing everything... The fox didn't immediately take the "treat" from the bird, he just tricked him into losing it, which to me symbolizes the devil, not directly forcing us to sin, but temping us --- as remembered in the devil's tempting of Eve in the garden of Eden.... I think the line: "Every rook and jay in the Corvidae�s been raving about me too" is funny.
    ezrakoogilliladon April 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Every rook and jay in the Corvidae's been raving about me too."
    That is the best pun. EVER.
    oralcanceron April 29, 2009   Link

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