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Bare breasted, you make love in the turret
I feel each single thrust that you take
In silence I watch on from the bastion
Entranced, I make myself look away

Bare breasted making love in the turret
I'll never love nobody other than you
And in silence I can feel as you quiver
Keep quiet or you know what he will do

I know I am not the man you desire
I know you think that I am some kind of fool
And I know you would gaze in his eyes forever
I've figured out just how to give that to you

When he found us in the western wing sleeping
You cried at all the things you thought he would do
And I tell you in the heat of the scuffle
Nobody ever takes my eyes off of you

And oh Kathryn, how you run me my fever
Oh Kathryn, tell me was it worth it for him?
These gallows are no place for the stubborn
Just you and your lover as a dark souvenir

She sees me on display inside the museum
Comes every morning and again when she can
Strokes her blistered hand across my glass container
Saying "It's so good to see you back here again."


Lyrics submitted by SaraJean, edited by brettpr, kmcneil

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    General CommentAccording to Andy Hull at a Bad Books concert in Phoenix on October 12, 2012, this song is about Peter the Great (the Russian tsar). Apparently, Peter discovers that his wife Katherine has been cheating on him, so Peter has her lover beheaded. He then has the man's head placed in a jar to preserve it, and as punishment, Peter forces Katherine to spend some time each day staring at the head in the jar. This song is a love song to Katherine, sung from the points of view of Peter and also Katherine's lover's head (in alternating verses). Kinda twisted, but a brilliant song nontheless.
    HumNummaon October 15, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"And I tell you in the heat of the scuffle,
    Nobody ever takes my eyes off of you"

    "Strokes her blistered hand across my glass container
    Saying "It's so good to see you back here again.."

    My favorite lines from this song.
    ThisIsGodon July 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song reflects the love between Catherine the Great and Pyotr Zavadovsky.
    AKrantzon March 19, 2014   Link

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