The Old Country

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lyrics

I ran the soles of my feet, so did my neighbours.
They lost a landslide of votes in my favour.
I saved my wages for weeks to rescue my daughters.
I asked a pirate to do me a favour,
Carry me away across the water.

Every night I get a little bit scared to death.
(Back to the old country, Back to the old country)
So I ask a pirate to do me a favour.
(Back to the old country, Back to the old country)
Nightmares of armies and guns in my memory.
(Back to the old country, Back to the old country)
Wave a white flag on the bough of our liberty,
Dancing around on our bones in the free falling rain.

Smoke covers everything, even my neighbours.
I saw a light at the tunnels end flickering.
Looked at my babies asleep, had to start bailing.
I took a chance ‘cause I had to do something.
Looked to the sky, Begged St Anthony rescue my…
Daughters,
Daughters.

Every night I get a little bit scared to death.
(Back to the old country, Back to the old country)
So I ask the first world to open her arms to me.
(Back to the old country, Back to the old country)
Nightmares of armies and guns in my memory.
(Back to the old country, Back to the old country)
I hope to Christ we don’t become a policy.
Dancing around on our bones in the free falling rain.
Rain.

In the old country
I had dreamed it was all a mistake.
Now I’m girt by sea
And by boundless plains of red tape.
Now at night I dream
Of a white picket paradise promised to me and my…

…Daughters
Daughters
Daughters
Daughters!

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from King Salt, released August 18, 2015

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