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With a donkey on my shoulder
And a jackal on my back
I'll carry these, my children,
Keep them safe from attack

The donkey makes it hard to dance
And the jackal sings too loud

Little donkey's getting restless,
Getting heavier as it grows
And the jackal, spoiled and spiteful,
Keeps biting at my nose

I would have a lover
A husband and a child
But the donkey is too jealous
And the jackal is too wild
Oh, is too wild

You ask me why I keep them, oh
Why I love them so
Why they get away with murder as they grow and grow and grow
You ask me why I keep them, oh, oh
Why I love them so
Why they get away with murder as they grow and grow

I keep them 'cause I made them
They come from in my heart
With each mistake I make, created and torn apart
And when it's time to feed them,
Before they go to bed,
I give them my confessions baked within their bread

And as they sleep,
Tucked up tight,
The donkey and the jackal, they snort and snuffle in the night.
Woah

Little donkey's getting restless,
Getting heavier as it grows
And the jackal, spoiled and spiteful,
Keeps biting at my nose



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    UnregisteredJan 20, 2012 at 7:19 am
    The donkey is her jealousy, the jackal is her being spoiled, spiteful, and wild (uncontrollable). They are her children and she loves them since they came from her heart. They get away with murder which means they do the worst (kill relationships) and she still keeps them, feeds them, and this prevents her from moving forward. She would have a husband and child, but she can't get that far because her donkey and jackal keep growing.
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    UnregisteredJan 16, 2012 at 4:28 am
    Is the donkey god and the jackal the devil? But then how could she have created them? Maybe they are her hobbies?

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