The Witch

from In Waterland by Jodi Shaw

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Burn the witch, she’s got warts on her toes and her tits
She’s old, she’s cold, I don’t think she has a soul

She staggers she spits she falls down she throws fits
She can’t sing she can’t see she can’t possibly need

You turn to a friend, say it’s winter again
How did that happen so fast?
Is that really me looking back?

You’re beautiful . . .
All of the boys want to walk you to school
Turn a regular guy to a stumbling fool
But these things they just fade away
I love you anyway

You look in the glass, you don’t dare but you ask anyway
Is she young is she dumb is she pure is she fun is she gay?

I’ll lay down the law yeah I’ll lay down the law
Said I’ll lay down the law, yeah I know what I saw

Remember when her ivory skin
Was so perfect in every way
And all of the boys used to say

Oh she’s beautiful . . .
Maybe today I can walk her to school
I’ll stand up real tall, and I’ll try to act cool
But now they just all look away
I love you anyway

A trick a treat, they throw apples they rot in your street
It’s a lave, it’s a grave, it’s the stink on a hot summer day

Yeah I think I can swim yeah I think I can swim
Said I think I can swim yeah go on go on go on go on and push me in

Acetylene torch, I sit on my porch
And wait on the sun to go down
Turn out the lights, seal out the sights
And sink without a sound

It’s beautiful . . .
Now all the boys have gone off to school
And soon all the eyes will be winking at you
And I’ll just be fading away
I’ll love you anyway

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from In Waterland, track released December 13, 2011

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