lifeblood: songs: lyrics: serpent love


the scirocco blows
from africa
laundry sways
in colored napoli
we take a trip to where
i make you guess
and see the bones of old st. nicholas

in the sun we burn
and we breathe free
only a glimpse
will you reveal to me
of what strange spirit blurs my best defense
with the pleasure to my hungry senses

the running of the bulls made you cry
and when the shine of tears fill up your eyes
i hate the culture history that takes your happiness from me

oh serpent love
before your bite
we were just friends
sometimes we'd call
or write
but like a painless poisoning
sweet like drugs
creeping up on everything
serpent love

the force that builds
before the touch
is really what most
weakens us
all resistance adds to no amount
we're sick with fever
down for the count

was it there at le sirenuse
when what we'd learned became of no real use
to shield the venom from you in me
and save us from gravity

oh serpent love
before your bite
no sting of jealousy
no bitter fight
oh and like a painful poisoning
slow and sure
slithering through everything
slithering through everything
oh serpent love
before your bite
no sting of jealousy
no bitter fight
but like a painful poisoning
slow and sure
slithering through everything
serpent love

words and music by emily saliers


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