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If you can see me
I can see you

I could wear your new blue shoes
I should wear your old red dress
And walk to the crossroads
So take this knife
And meet me across the river

Just shoots and ladders and this is the kiss
American Anna, fantastic Alsatian
From nowhere to nothing
And I go way back


Children swarm like thousands of bugs
Towards the lights the beacons above the hill
The stars to the West, the South, the North and to the East

Now you could say I've got a gift of sorts
A fear of rear windows and swinging doors
A love of violence and dread of sighs


If you can see me I can see you
If you can see me I can see you

I have seen these bairns wave their fists at God
Swear to destroy the beasts, stamping the ground
In their excitement for tomorrow
I could wear your new blue shoes
I should wear your old red dress
And walk to the crossroads
So take this knife
And meet me across the river

I will take your lands and all that lays beneath
The dust of cold flowers, prison of dark of ashes
I will slaughter your kind who descend from belief
I am the spirit of greed, a lord of theft
I'll burn all your books and the problems they make


If you can see me I can see you
If you can see me.



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    UnregisteredJun 19, 2014 at 8:23 am
    It's about the modern demons of society. "Wearing your clothes" is an allusion to vanity, saying that one can be consumed in their appearance. Walking to the crossroads with a knife is a black and white statement of making a blood deal with the Devil by embracing your "sin." To meet "me" (or the personal demon) across the river, is to enter foreign land. More directly, the foreign land may be a personal torrent, id est, Hell.

    The protagonist (The Devil who sends these personal demons), will "slaughter your kind," the religious and pure, by means of doubt, temptation and false wisdom.

    Simply put, the world is a bad place, someone has to be watching it happen.

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