The kitsune girl with the sakura smile,
She winks as she pours out the tea,
And the mockingbird choir performs in vaudeville style,
‘Won’t you take advantage of me?’

It’s a cabaret of changes; it’s a night you won’t forget.
It’s the sort of invitation men would trade their lives to get.
It’s the place where who you are meets who you haven’t been yet;
You may wake up broken-hearted, but you’ll never regret
This single night of pure lunacy --
Won’t you take advantage of me?

The kitsune girl works the tables ‘til dawn;
She caters to tourists and kings,
As the man with the white eyes tells the band to play on,
For the song that the rose-owl sings.

It’s a little slice of chaos, it’s a starlight carnival.
It’s the place where heroes fear to tread, but angels come to fall.
Ask the barmaid where she’s from, she’ll say she doesn’t recall.
You may think this is heaven -- it’s not that at all,
So why not look around you and see?
Won’t you take advantage of me?

And when the rose-owl’s singing, the dance floor comes alive;
Transition’s our profession, and we don’t work nine to five.
And the kitsune girl whispers, ‘Go ahead and join the dance’;
We can’t make you take our offer, we can offer you a chance,
Because the little mermaid’s dancing, and Rapunzel cut her hair.
We can save you from your story, if you’re brave enough to dare,
And be whatever you’re too frightened to be, oh,
Won’t you take advantage of me?

The kitsune girl has a room of her own;
She sleeps when the sun’s in the sky.
We’ll tear down the tents, and by noon, we’ll be gone;
Don’t think we’ll be saying goodbye.

It’s a kind of happy ending; it’s the midway of the moon,
It’s where broken stories gather in our shadow-play saloon.
And it's burning where she kissed you, but the scars will heal soon,
You can’t reach ‘ever after’ if you don’t know the tune.
Now, can you pay the ferryman’s fee?
Won’t you take advantage of me?

And when the rose-owl’s singing, the dance floor comes alive;
If you can learn to trust the music, there’s a chance that you’ll survive.
And the kitsune girl whispers, ‘Here’s your chance to run away’;
If you’ll don your cloak of feathers, you’ll be one of us, and stay,
Because Snow White gave up Prince Charming -- Cinderella’s feet are bare.
We can save you from your story, if you’ll simply take the dare
And be whatever you’re too frightened to be, oh,
Won’t you take advantage, won’t you take advantage,
Won’t you take advantage...of me?


Written on: 2006-06-28. Seanan McGuire


Lyrics submitted by Nonny

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