the first thing that happened was the river overflowed
the water running through the streets and was sweet and cold
i knelt by the water like a doe by a stream
punch-drunk, snowblind, as though the whole thing were a bad dream

and then love pulled out the heavy artillery
kypris took the horses by the bit for the morning ride
i count my blessings, but you can only be expected to count so high
when love cuts the strings

i smeared myself with pennyroyal to keep the hounds at bay
you poked your head out of an alley half a block away
and i recognized you, though i'm not sure how
and the air turned red around you
as a dull chill came down around me

and then love summoned up the infantry
and the green-eyed goddess got ready for all out war
and i'd count my blessings,
but i don't even know what the word blessing means
when love cuts the strings

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Love Cuts the Strings song meanings
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    General CommentI have a love/hate relationship with this song. I normally listen to every Mountain Goats song I have on one playlist (takes about an hour and a half), and whenever this one comes on I'm like 'Oh god, not this song :(' and then it gets playing and I start enjoying it more, and by the time it's over I'm sad.:(
    Blithiumon October 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpennyroyal is an abortifacient, and kypris is another name for aphrodite, who was angry at glaucus of corinth so at the chariot race a the funeral games of King Pelias drove his horses mad and they tore him pieces.
    vizwrtsicon March 05, 2013   Link

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