Peaceful songs
We'll get along
If we lead 'em together in the armory
On my knees
My head on your queasy stomach
Can not keep my chin up

I woke to sweats in the night
Strange sensation to feel alive
I find it so hard to tell you
I'm afraid to forget the smell of you

Wizard with a wand
Competing with the lightning
Coward and also a king
And a man of oil

Floating logs on the dark stream
Move me unlike apologies I'm texting
Broken limbs filled with smooth snakeskin
On a Ferris wheel far from cash, love

You've got to have the tough guts
So you're hung like a human
And watch the young nuts grow
I find it so hard to hear you
Say you think that I never hear you

Wizard with a wand
Competing with the lightning
Coward and also a king
And a man of oil

I woke to sweats in the night
Strange sensation to be alive
I find it so hard to tell you
I'm afraid to forget the smell of you

Wizard with a wand
Competing with the lightning
Coward and also a king
And a man of oil


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    General CommentMan of Oil first starts with what seems like a broken man in a relationship .. "my head on your queezy stomach, can not keep my chin up.." he wakes to "sweats in the night" reflecting on life and death and how feeling something makes you "alive". He further says he's afraid to "forget the smell of you" another sensation that can only be felt when you are alive.
    he goes on to explain the conflict he is facing "wizard with a wand competing with the lightning" - a conflict that is not in your favor with a higher power. he clarifies by saying it involves a coward, and also a "king" - a common reference to god, and a "man of oil." - which someone talked abut a reference to the tin man from wizard of oz. what this represents is a man who feels incomplete, the tin man does not have a heart, also meaning he may not have feelings at all.
    he explains further by saying his words that he texts may be insincere, as they are not even moving him so much as floating logs on a dark stream. He seems to be trying to say he is lacking compassion, and his lover has told him this, but it is "so hard to hear..."
    to go on further with that he is actually referring to God himself being able to hear him. The silver lining is when he explains how "you have to have the top guts to be hung like a human.." God was hung like a human "to watch the young nuts grow" - symbolism of a scarecrow but if you look at a scarecrow it is in the same shape as God on a cross. I think this song really boils down to a man's relationship with God, and his frustration with being able to guide through life when it seems like he's never there. It's somewhat of another symbolism of what is the yellow brick road. This song has some very interesting metaphors and may be one of my favorite lyrically by this band.
    waeston April 20, 2018   Link
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    General CommentThink he's talking about being the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz....

    "I woke to sweats in the night
    Strange sensation to feel alive"
    -He doesn't feel alive...

    "Wizard with a wand
    Competing with the lightning
    Coward and also a king
    And a man of oil"
    -The Wizard, the Cowardly Lion King, and the Tin Man

    "Broken limbs filled with smooth snakeskin"
    -Like being filled with straw

    "You've got to have the tough guts
    So you're hung like a human
    And watch the young nuts grow"
    -He's hung and watching the nuts grow like on a farm
    Scarecrow19on October 01, 2017   Link

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