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A friend of mine woke me up
To tell me about his dream
All the lights in the world went black
He felt like a tiger in a burning tree
It was like he was late for something
That he did not want to see
His life looked better on paper
He lived like a tiger in a burning tree

Blow out the candles and make a wish

I heard about a woman from a city in the south
She lost her god when the bottom fell out
She sold her life to the deep blue see
She left a message for the world to see
She knows now what it's like to be
A tiger in a burning tree

Close your eyes and take a big deep breath
Blow out the candles and make a wish

When I was a child I painted my toys
Angel blue and devil read
I broke them into pieces, set them on fire
And shoved them under my bed
I never learned how to play nice
With all the other kids
I never learned how to draw inside the lines
And probably never will

Close your eyes and take a big deep breath
Imagine a world so much better than this
Now close your eyes and jump to a place your afraid to be
And you can tell me what it feels like
To be a tiger in a burning tree



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    pyoumansJul 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    The opening song ruminates on the tremendous pressure the world can put on people and the manner in which folks deal with most desperate situations (i.e. Being a tiger in a burning tree). Art tells a story of a woman who handles her desperation in a most final kind of way.

    I heard about a woman from a city in the south
    She lost her god when the bottom fell out
    She sold her life to the deep blue sea
    She left a message for the whole world to see
    She knows now what it’s like to be a tiger in a burning tree

    The morbid spoken word versus are offset by a soothing melodic chorus, that at least provides a drop or two of optimism:

    Close your eyes and take a big deep breath
    Imagine a world so much better than this

    But ultimately, the song is asking for compassion from the people who have it well. Art wants those who are living the good life to put themselves in the position of people who feel like they have no way out.

    Now close your eyes, and jump to a place you’re afraid to be.
    Then you can tell me what if feels like to be a tiger in a burning tree

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