Assassins EP

by Lost Orchards

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1.
Lucy Hale 05:24
Hold my useless hands Close to your chest Pictures you might find In the pockets of my vest Please don’t get upset Please don’t get upset They are all actresses compared to you Always to tyrants we’ll sing As the song of Maryland rings The despot’s heel is on the shore And he holds his torch at the temple door We’ll light the streets of Baltimore I love you, Lucy Hale (x3) Do you love me too? The sound of a drive-in film Comes through on the AM dial The engine burns in your driveway And we listen for a while Please don’t get upset Please don’t get upset We’ll burst these tyrant chains As your sister watches from the window pane Your mother’s standing at the door And your father’s boots pace the floor We’ll light the streets of Baltimore Chorus I can see you on the grass, watching all the cars pass From a folding chair outside, with a blanket overtop your thighs On just another Thursday night The campfire’s burning… The sweetest words I ever wrote We’re written on the back of an envelope You’re reading by the firelight Everyone else is getting high Tomorrow all the schools are closed No one tells us where to go You’re reading by the firelight Everyone else is getting high Chorus
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To all the women of Oneida You’re gonna love me soon To all the men in high places Judging all the races From your smoke filled rooms You’ll know me too To all the women of Oneida Keep me in your prayers Carve my name into silver Lord, Lord I’ll be delivered From all the devil’s snares I’ll be repaired Glory, glory, glory To all the women of Oneida I always loved you most When I’m swinging from the gallows Don’t feel any sorrow When they cut me from that post I’ll be your ghost Glory, glory, glory
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You thought I was a spy But no government could hold me When enemies lord over me I’ll do what I must Never ending circles Gather around the sun The same light shines On the wicked and the just Leave your chains to rust (x2) Millennial visions haunted me But I loved it when you said The end of the world Is no time for a pacifist Warnings in newspapers Gossip in those circles I swear to you I have the heart of an anarchist Leave your chains to rust Leave the water running Leave your house to dust Leave the fire burning Leave your family behind The exposition glows But will be gone in a year Societies decay But the soul of man lives on Churches and schools Offices and factories Will die a thousand deaths Before I die once Leave your chains to rust (x2)
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They caught me inside the theater In a cheap double feature It’s a sad cry of battle Movies bend like forever Through beat up projectors Humming over my shoulder You were home with your mother She learned from the anchor Like everyone else Her tears smelled like cigarettes On a black and white TV set Through rabbit ear signals Now I feel heat without light (x3) I’m sorry you changed your name And hid from the cameras You were beautiful girls I never got to explain Why it all happened Why I let you down Now I feel heat without light (x3) I left some money on the table For you and your sister I hope you are fine The grass needs cut every weekend If I can’t be there It’ll just have to grow

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released November 11, 2010

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