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from The Set That Wasn't


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the summer breeze is leaving do you know what you believe in
you give them all what they want
the loving voodoo virgin baby
lead them to their wishing wells they drink you and drown themselves

they light you a candle light you a star
falling somewhere from the sky
flickering virgin holding her heart
watching her children cry

candy eyes in your stare in the painted face you sell out there
watching every word they take touch them where they want to break
and down to your chambers
past the sleeping nursery door
will she ever know his face
make him disappear in sweat and lace

and taped to your mirror la luna la rosa
la dama y la muerte
blood in the sheets sweat and the cries
the prisons of la valiente

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i will sing every song i know to you i will disappear if you want me to
but give me your kiss give me your mind
give me this house of jacarandas
and the child whose father i don't know raise her high upon my shoulders

i light you a candle light you a star
falling somewhere from the sky
flickering virgin holding her heart
watching her children cry
o baby cry
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