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"He who forgets, will be destined to remember..."

Rachael Yamagata - Elephants

If the elephants have past lives, yet are destined to always remember,
it’s no wonder how they scream,
like you and I, they must have some temper.
And I am dreaming of them on the plains, dirtying up their beds,
watching for some kind of rain to cool their hot heads.
And how dare that you send me that card when I’m doing all that I can do.
You are forcing me to remember when all I want is to just forget you.
If the tiger shall protect her young, then tell me how did you slip by.
All my instincts have failed me for once — I must have somehow slept the whole night.

And I am dreaming of them with their kill, tearing it all apart,
blood dripping from their lips, and teeth sinking into heart.
And how dare that you say you will call, when you know I need some peace of mind..
If you had to take sides with the animals, won’t you do it with one who is kind?

If the hawks in the trees need the dead, if you’re living you don’t stand a chance.
You can lie there and say you are fed, but there are only two ends to this dance.
You can flee with your wounds just in time, or lie there as he feeds,
watching yourself ripped to shreds and laughing as you bleed.

So for those of you falling in love, keep it kind, keep it good, keep it right.
Throw yourself in the midst of danger, but keep one eye open at night.

These lyrics are by Rachael Yamagata, from Elephants. Posted at 5:48pm on 16 September 2007.

Comments on Rachael Yamagata - Elephants

  1. javier

    wow! strong lyrics. this woman is so beautiful; i feel connected to her, somehow…

    commented Fri 28 Sep 2007, 9:47:20 PM :: link
  2. I remember when she was the free song of the week on iTunes, think it was “Letter Read.” Always on the lookout for singers with soul. After listening to the tune, on 1-song repeat, decided she not only had soul, but she had stolen extras from other pitiful singers who had sold theirs.

    commented Mon 22 Oct 2007, 8:55:20 PM :: link
  3. Misty

    Its actually ‘teeth sinking into heart.’ :)

    commented Sun 12 Oct 2008, 5:15:32 PM :: link
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