"Black Betty & The Moon" as written by and Brian / Fallon....
My love, my love, you're the sting of the scorpion.
Consider, now, the angels, a little lower than you.
And they twist and they turn, and they hold their breath 'til it's blue.
And they can't turn away like I can, when you're lookin' like you do.

Look at Black Betty, what they're tyin' to you.
You did the very thing, baby, that I asked you not to do.
Now you got yourself caught in this silk spiderweb.
I hope the money fills the holes, can see the roof is caving in.

My heart, my heart, you're the moon and her shining light.
Darkness and voider form, like you were keeping me alive.
And I've been dreaming of poisonings from the venom of my enemies.
Clever as the viper, dear, but gentle as a stampede of stones.

Look at Black Betty, what they're tyin' to you.
You did the very thing, baby, that I asked you not to do.
Now you got yourself caught in this silk spiderweb.
I hope the money fills the holes, can see the roof is caving in.


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"Black Betty & the Moon" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General CommentI'm not really sure exactly what this song is about but the way I've interpreted it, it's about betrayal, the bits about doubting friends and "Black Betty" doing the "very thing" that he asked her not to do etc... I kind of interpretted the "silk spiderweb" as a more eloquent way of saying "web of lies". I don't know I'm just bullshitting, but yeah it's such a good song. I wish I could personally ask Brian to explain every song he's written to me.
    l0vecatson November 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "I hope the money fills the holes, 'cause, see, the roof is caving in", but it's the only real mistake I noticed.

    Anyway, I think you're on the right track, l0vecats. It seems to be talking about a girl who has done quite a bit of lying to get her way and essentially find happiness in having her boyfriends buy her things. Thing is, she eventually loses track of everything she's wrapped up it and gets found out.
    Serracoon November 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBoth comments are fairly well on track. It's about friends selling their friends out for their own benefit.

    Not all the lyrics by the way. There are other parts of the song that explain this a little better as well.

    Amazing album.
    kamikazedreameron December 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYeah, my apologies - I tried to edit this and include the full lyrics when the album was out, but it looks as though it didn't work. Here's for anyone who needs them:


    My love, my love, you're the sting of the scorpion
    Consider, now, the angels, a little lower than you
    And they twist and they turn, and they hold their breath 'til it's blue
    And they can't turn away like I can, when you're lookin' like you do

    Looky Black Betty, what they're tying to you
    You did the very thing, baby, that I asked you not to do
    And now you got yourself caught in the silk spiderweb
    I hope the money fills the holes, can see the roof is caving in

    My heart, my heart, you're the moon and her shining light
    Darkness and void of form, like you were keeping me alive
    And I've been dreaming of poisonings from the venom of my enemies
    Clever as the viper, dear, but gentle as a stampede of stones

    Looky Black Betty, what they're tying to you
    You did the very thing, baby, that I asked you not to do
    Now you got yourself caught in the silk spiderweb
    I hope the money fills the holes, can see the roof is caving in

    And they want you to doubt every trust that you've known
    And they wanna find the holes in the armor exposed
    And they come on whispering,
    If you just do this for me...
    And turn and show their teeth just before they're sinking in
    And better than described and deeper the decent
    I never thought we'd have to learn to doubt our friends
    And better than described, so much deeper the decent
    I never thought we'd have to learn to doubt our friends

    Looky Black Betty, what they're tying to you
    You did the very thing, baby, that I asked you not to do
    Now you got yourself caught in the silk spiderweb
    I hope the money fills the holes, can see the roof is caving in

    Looky Black Betty, what they're tying to you
    You did the very thing, baby, that I asked you not to do
    Now you got yourself caught in the silk spiderweb
    I hope the money fills the holes in the place I used to stand
    xheartbreakerxon January 11, 2012   Link

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