The ostrich and the egret
Had a very fine flat to let.
Figurine hutch, no the place wasn't much, but they
Got a peacock.

His belongings were meager but,
He was pretty, would bring good luck.
They would sing songs all aroung the piano and
Do the cakewalk.

He would say what he's gonna do.
He would say what he wanted to.
Ostrich and egret were filled with regret, but the
Rent's well worth him.

He felt things that they'd never felt.
Like the slap of a feather belt.
So till they sat by the fireplace silent.
A chill ran through them.

Ostrich and egret and peacock had very small dreams.
Picturing them just reminded them of calendar scenes.
Nobody's laughing when everyone's weeping, it seems.

So that's how we quit the forest.
The scene wasn't what it used to be.
The scene is never what it used to be.
So, that's how we quit the forest.

The scene wasn't what it used to be.
The scene is never what it used to be.
So, that's how we quit the forest.


Lyrics submitted by Mopnugget

How We Quit the Forest Lyrics as written by Melora "rasputina" Creager

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General Comment

    Melora Creager says it well that How We Quit the Forest represents the quittage of anything.. Smoking, an ex, a mindset.

    artstaron July 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    well if it represents quiting something then i believe that the peakock would represent the habit.

    CatchingElectricCityon July 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I don't understand what the feather belt has to do with anything. Js'

    doglover427on January 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    wow. never have i read such fine writing. hm.

    gthlvrmxon June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I feel like its more about humans leaving the nature for big concrete cities... "how we quit the forest" we just to live among nature... into the forest... how we quit the forest and move to a city or so...

    AugurioSon August 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I have no confirmation, but my theory is that this song could be a response to a Dead Can Dance song called "Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)"

    autoerraticaon June 21, 2022   Link

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