May your eyes be wide and seeing
May you learn from the view where you're kneeling
Know the fear of the world that you're feeling
Is the fear of a slave
May you know how the fight was started
Won' as much the snake as the garden
Wear them both like a glove that you can't wain

May your mouth betray your wisdom
May you get what they failed to mention
May your love be your only religion
Preach it to us all

May you lose what you offer gladly
May you worship the time and it's passing
Stars wont ever wait for you to watch them fall

We're the smoke on a burned horizon
We're the boat on a tide that's rising
Both the post and the pig you're untying
The butcher gone for the blade
Someday we may all be happy
Someday all make a face worth slapping
Someday we may be shocked to be laughing
At the way we behave

May your hands be strong and willing
May you know when to speak and to listen
May you find every friend that you're missing
There's no check in the mail
May you end there bruised and purple
Know that peace is the shape of a circle
Around and around you go, biting your tail

Little children, the wind is whipping
Short hands on a clock still ticking
Both the egg and the red fox grinning
His belly full for the day

Someday we may all want nothing
And all together we'll get what's coming
Someday I'll say the world was something
That we just couldn't change

May your tongue be something wicked
Know your part in the calf and the killing
See straight through the captain you're kissing
Helm loose in his hand

May your words be well worth stealing
Put your hand on your heart when singing
The choir's sick of the song but they've still got to stand


Lyrics submitted by lullsabye, edited by Flumper

Biting Your Tail song meanings
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    General CommentMy take on the song is that it's a benediction encouraging the listener to accept that we walk through this world being both the bruiser and the bruised and that this is ok, that powerful lessons can be learned if we're willing to understand and embrace this dichotomy.
    FrisbeeGirlon October 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI just caught a few missed words on a live performance,
    The word that's inaudible in the studio recording is:

    Both the (egg) and the red fox grinning

    And also instead of "someday all face worth slapping"
    It's:

    Someday well all make a face worth slapping

    Thanks for the lyrics, as different as this song is from the rest of Sams stuff it's still great and deserves some comments!
    bryanduganon December 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"May you know how the fight was started;
    won(?) as much for the snake as the garden."

    perhaps "Know that peace is the shape of a circle"?

    "Short hands on the clock still ticking,"

    "See straight through the captain your kissing,
    the helm loose in his hand."

    Beam's lyrics never disappoint.
    letssailawayon December 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow about: "the butcher gone for the blade"?

    Great song.


    nsteinmeon January 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionWANT as much for the snake...
    some suggestions...

    a glove that you CAN WAVE

    the pig you're UNTYING

    BUTCHER GOING for the blade

    STRONG hands on the clock...

    AND ALL FORGET that we'll get what's coming

    BROKE the egg and the red fox...
    iangurteenon January 26, 2011   Link
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    Lyric Correction"Want as much the snake as the garden
    Wear them both like a glove that you can't wave"

    "Both the post and the pig you're untying"

    "Someday I'll make a face worth slapping"

    "May you end it bruised and purple"

    "'Cause round and round you'll go, bitin' your tail"

    "We're the children the wind is whipping"

    "And I'll forget that we'll get what's coming"

    You can hear the lyrics much more clearly in his acoustic 4AD Session.

    TheProphetBeamon July 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOk, so below are the lyrics:
    may your eyes be wide and seeing

    may you learn from the view where you're kneeling

    know the fear of the world that you're feeling

    is the fear of a slave



    may you know how the fight was started

    and want as much from the snake as the garden

    and wear them both like a glove

    that you can wave



    may your mouth betray your wisdom

    may you get what they fail to mention

    may your love be your only religion

    and preach it to us all



    may you lose what you offer gladly

    and may you worship the time and its passing

    the stars won't ever wait for you

    to watch them fall



    we're the smoke on a burned horizon

    we're the boat on a tide that's rising

    both the post and the pig you're untying

    the butcher gone for the blade



    someday we may all be happy

    someday all make a face worth slapping

    someday we may be shocked to be laughing

    at the way we behave



    may your hands be strong and willing

    and may you know when to speak and to listen

    may you find every friend that you're missing

    is no check in the mail



    may you end at bruised and purple

    and know that peace is the shape of a circle

    ‘cuz round and round you’ll go

    biting your tail



    we're the children the wind is whipping

    the short hands on the clock still ticking

    both the egg and the red fox grinning

    his belly full for the day



    someday we may all want nothing

    and all forget we'll get what’s coming

    someday all say the world was something

    that we just couldn’t change



    may your tongue be something wicked

    and know your part in the calf and the killing

    and see straight through the captain you're kissing

    the helm lose in his hands



    may your words be well worth stealing

    and put your hand on your heart when you’re singing

    the choir’s sick of the song

    but they still gotta stand
    FrisbeeGirlon October 23, 2011   Link

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