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The Lizard and the Stallion

{ Lyrics }

Part I

I hate you and I love you, you filthy beast
I pushed you and I shoved you, but your powers increased
You sort out the enigma of how Adam fell
And I bear you as a stigma, my scarlet L

Sometimes I can defy you and make you behave
Sometimes I justify you and become your slave
I feel you on my shoulder, tugging on my sleeve
Maybe someday when I’m older you’ll take your leave

Thinking you a portent of recompense
I followed you to torment and lost innocence
But when I finally vowed further filth would cease
Your proddings just grew louder and you cursed my peace

So I conspired to kill you with a single attack
But my weapons barely stilled you, and sank into my back
Far from this procedure avenging my shame
It left my every feature bloodied and maimed

I bear the battle scars
Wrought by my enemy
But, monster that you are,
You’re just a part of me
If this war ever ends
I wonder if we could
Then be friends

How thin and weak you look
You bear a heavy yoke
Could it be that I mistook
A child for a rogue
If you were made to grow
I wonder what you’d be
And where we’d go

I feel these fiery hands
I surrender to the flame
On the unlikely chance
That they’ll not miss their aim
But even if my turn
Has come to meet my end
I choose to burn

Part II

Overcome us that, overcome, we may be ourselves
Overrun us that, overrun, we may share your wealth
Destroy the thrones and altar-stones we build for our own pride
Bend our backs and break our bones, that we may learn to fly

{ Musicians }

Phil Woodward—Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Myron Marston—Lead Guitar
Mark Noguchi—Bass
Bobby Jacky—Keyboard
Chris Kennedy—Drums

{ Credits }
Words and Music by Phil Woodward

Currently rated 4.3/5 stars (8 votes)

Currently 4.3/5 stars.

{ Comments }
Ricky Heisner said:
on Friday, September 26, 2008

It’s kind of hard to describe this one – but not because I don’t like it. The lyrics are kind of darkly abstract (which is always cool with me), the music is kind of dark and heavy. For the whole first part of the song, you really get a sense of the depth of the character’s struggle with his lust. It’s as if you can feel it.

But when the second part of the song starts to take off, as the character is transformed, it vividly conveys the sense of liberation being described. The way the music and vocal build up perfectly captures the celebratory praise of the new man he’s become. The simple, ringing guitar lead makes this part of the song dance with JOY. I hope people don’t skip past this one bacause the first part is so dark and heavy (which it has to be), because they’ll miss the euphoric part two. Good stuff.

Nerd42 said:
on Friday, March 12, 2010

This song is really powerful and really captures what Lewis was trying to say.

The best kept secret in the world is that Christians actually do enjoy sex. One need only look at the number of kids they have to see the proof of this.

Nerd42 said:
on Friday, March 12, 2010

Scarlet "L"? I thought it was "scarlet hell." Is this a reference to The Scarlet Letter?

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