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Love Cuts The Strings

This song is by The Mountain Goats and appears on the compilation album Protein Source of the Future...Now! (1999).

The first thing that happened was the river overflowed
The water running through the streets and was sweet and cold
I knelt by the water like a doe by a stream
Punch-drunk, snowblind, as though the whole thing were a bad dream

And then love pulled out the heavy artillery
Kypris took the horses by the bit for the morning ride
I count my blessings, but you can only be expected to count so high
When love cuts the strings

I smeared myself with pennyroyal to keep the hounds at bay
You poked your head out of an alley half a block away
And I recognized you, though I'm not sure how
And the air turned red around you
As a dull chill came down over me

And then love summoned up the infantry
And the green-eyed goddess got ready for all out war
And I'd count my blessings,
But I don't even know what the word blessing means
When love cuts the strings

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