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Sage Francis – The Emperor's New Clothing lyrics

Written By: Sage Francis

I listen for secrets hidden in whispers... In the winter time/
And catch them tickling my whiskers... Colliding with wind chimes/
The kind that send shivers... Up and down tingling spines/

Thinking time could stretch if...

We'd spin a design inside our web that would catch drifts/
The type that blow out birthday candles before we make our death wish/

I'm waiting for a message in my calling so I'm checking my voice mail,
And I'm answering machines with man-made dreams.
Man made bandaids to cover up the seams.
The cover-up seems to only work if the wound never opens up or bleeds.

Beads of sweat form above the eyes of a heathen Emperor/
Who won't get on his feet and step outside into the freezing temperature/
He wants to adjust the global thermostat/
But he's so remote... And you can't control the world like that/

Come to find these eggs ain't even golden.
I see depreciation in the family jewels the Queen is holding.
That broken marraige was fixed. It happened when her feet were frozen.
She still remains to be the only one who's seen the Emperor's new clothing...

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    This is my favorite Sage song! In this song, Sage gives a sence of loneliness and desolation. The words in line 7, rattles the very core of me. He speaks of "waiting for his calling" and "checking his voicemail"; we are all waiting for our callings. And such truth steals my breath, for how many of us question ourselves and how alone we truely are? Sage here does. And that takes great courage. This song forces a mirror to our souls. How many songs do that? Being alone is the most frightening thing we fear. No one wants to confront the disfigured face of lonliness. The sound of the wind maximizes the effect of desolation. A perfect touch! Only Sage could so elaboratly conduct a powerful meaning with so few words. And in the end he encourages this loneliness, this independence, "Dress yourself."I admire his courage to speak with truth. Words have great power.
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