Tripod versus the Dragon

by Tripod

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released March 16, 2010

All songs performed by Tripod and Elana Stone elanastone.bandcamp.com/music

All songs by Tripod except "Ivory Tower" (Washington/Edgar) and "I Will Still Play" (Edgar)

Recorded by Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios

Thanks to Megan Washington, Michael Lynch, Marilen Tabacco, Marnie Foulis, Em, Fi, Melissa

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Track Name: The Smell Of Adventure
A sniff of a whiff just came out of nowhere
Though you can't see it you know that it's there
It's like a whisper, a promise that floats on the air
The smell of adventure!

Is there a memory of chances gone by?
Is there a voice saying don't even try?
Is it your destiny looking you straight in the eye?
The smell of adventure?

You smell that smell, it's time to decide
Do you stand still or pick up the pace?
Thirty-six years and what have you done?
Maybe it's time to listen to your face
The voice in your nose says
You've got to get out of this place

You roll the dice, you get your stats
You make the choices you get to make
The scent's accenture on an adventure
Truly the stench you just can't mistake
The thought of a bouquet the second you recognise
The dawn of a new day to beckon and tantalise

Ring the bell of
Drink from the well of
Under the spell of
It's the smell of
Adventure
Track Name: Taking The Life
Ooh, taking the life
Taking the life
Of a fellow living creature

Ooh, taking the life
Taking the life
Of a fellow living creature

As long as I live
I'll never forget
The look in his eyes
As we stomped on his face

Ooh, taking the life
Taking the life
Of a fellow living creature

Who's the real monster here?!

Ooh, taking the life
Taking the life
Of a fellow living creature

With every limb I chopped off
I lost a piece of myself
I smashed him mercilessly
And now I see
That the smashee was me

(Clawing at me!)
For mercy
(Looking right in the eyes!)
As he died
(Imagery!)
I'll always carry with me
(How could he be)
So heartless?!
(He's been set free)
Now what about me?

[Gatesy bursts into tears]

Ooh, taking the life
Taking the life
Of a fellow living creature

[Gatesy: I feel so emotional!]

Ooh, taking the life
Taking the life
Of a fellow living creature

Ooh, taking the life
Taking the life
Of a fellow living creature
Track Name: Ivory Tower
I was made in darkest night
Of chalky ash and children's fright
I do not think you know what you behold
I was made of aching hurt
Of fairy tales and bloody dirt
I hope you do exactly as you're told

Siegfried and Saint George
Potter, Baggins, Beowulf
Were tempered in my forge
So I say to you and yours

All caught fire in the ivory tower
In the marble arches
In the dust and darkness
And I have you on my mind

Once a mighty tree was grown
For you to know all that is known
I hope you hear exactly what I say
And by your sword a branch came down
And where the blood fell to the ground
It is my cradle and there I must stay

And should ever you return
Well I must confess my story to be true
You will be burned
And I hope that you have learned:

All caught fire in the ivory tower
In the marble arches
In the dust and darkness
And all caught fire in the ivory tower
And I have you on my mind
You're on my mind
You're on my mind
Track Name: On Paper
On paper
I know what must be done
On paper
I know his time has come
He refuses to listen or learn
And so he has to burn
Like paper
Like every other one

On paper
I'm big and bad and red
On paper
I have to stomp him dead
Killing him should make me glad
His songs are really bad
On paper
But I can't get them out of my head

So please, please don't make me
Don't make me go through with the thing that you made me to do
You want me to turn him to ash
But I may have found me a match
Don't make me light him
Don't make me bite him
I think I like him

On paper
I'm older than the moon
On paper
I wouldn't love a goon
There's wisdom in my family tree
With such a legacy
On paper
I'd sing a different tune

So please, please don't make me
Don't make me go through with the thing that you made me to do
Well it couldn't be black-and-whiter
I'm a dragon and he's a fighter
Don't make me fight him
Don't make me light him
I think I like him

Oh I believe that I do now
Oh yes, I think I like him

On paper
The mission must be served
On paper
The Tree must be preserved
If man ever comes to this place
He's finished his fall from grace
It is written
On paper
On paper
On paper

Oh, your will is the way
'Cause I'm put here to play the role that you want me to play
I'll carry out your wishes
The fighter will sleep with the fishes
It is written
On paper
On paper
On paper...
Track Name: Gelatinous Love
Gatesy:
I need to tell you how I feel
My love for you has congealed
My baby now

Yon and Scod:
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na

Gatesy:
My baby

Yon and Scod:
Don't listen to what we sing
We're just the back-up guys, it
Is just a rhythm thing, it's
Got no lyrical content
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
See?

Gatesy:
My gelatinous love

Scod:
As I get closer
As I grow nearer to my goal...

Gatesy:
Forming a skin on the top...

Yon:
What happened to you and me
We were the back-up guys, now
It's just me swinging in the wind

Scod:
My power grows...

Yon:
Thanks!

All:
Oh baby!

Yon:
I thought that we were a team
You and me and him. Him and me
You, us, a team of three
You, me, he

Scod:
My purpose is clear...

Gatesy:
Set like a panna cotta
My perfect panna cotta love...

Yon:
Since we've been on this journey
It's now apparent to me
That everyone's up their own arse except for me...

Scod:
For when the hand with the spear...

Yon:
I should have shut my trap
When I saw the gap in the map
I saw the gap in the map
Now it's all turning to crap

Scod:
Oh baby now...

Gatesy:
Firm and yet soft...

Yon:
Now he's got delusions of grandeur
And he's just got randier and randier and randier...

All:
Oh baby!
Track Name: The Gods Are People Too
Shake your tiny fist up at the sky
Gnash your little teeth and scream out "why?"
Get up off your knees, it's time you knew
That the gods are people too

It's a miracle the sky ever stayed up
Creation's all just basically made up
They're all improvising, just like you
Those gods are people too

They've got their shiny headbands
They've got their shiny wristbands
But no amount of horns on your helmet's gonna keep
All the cows up in the top paddock

They've got their shiny headbands
And they've got those shiny wristbands
Don't forget we're talking 'bout creative types here
They're bound to be a little temperamental

Next time that you think you're on your own
There's no need to feel so all alone
You're a part of someone's bigger plan
Some massive tool up there
Looking down on you
Wrecking everything
Track Name: Don't Feel Bad
Dragon:
Don't feel bad, you only killed me
Don't feel bad, I only died
You put a spear through my sternum
Because of that - I'm not alive
Don't feel bad!

Don't feel bad, you didn't realise
That it was me all along
Don't feel bad, I only told you
Both in talk and in song

In spite of all my clues, you skewered me
No metaphor I used, no simile
I'm not sure what else I could have done
But told you in your native tongue
And you're looking at me nodding along

Don't feel bad, you killed a dragon
You're the champ, you're the king
Big tough man, brave and clever
Sticking things - into things

Gatesy:
She haunts the bejeesus out of me
My waking hours will ne'er be free
Where'er I turn it's she I see
Me, half a man I'll always be
I'm like a door without a key
I'm like a branch ripped from a tree
Get out of my head!

Dragon:
Don't feel bad, it was my fault!
I should have been a lot more clear
Perhaps a book with coloured pictures
Might have been a good idea

Don't feel bad
Don't feel bad
Don't feel bad...
Track Name: Heart Of A Fighter
We're born and then the end is nigh
We live, we love, we laugh, we cry
We get old, we regret, we die
But not I!

I won't go into the night
I have faced a dragon's bite
When the reaper comes, I'll fight
I won't die!

Never fade away
Oh no, not I!
He will never die, who has the heart
Heart of a fighter
Heart of a fighter

Yo, yo, yo...

Heart of a fighter
Heart of a fighter
Heart of a fighter
Heart of a fighter
Track Name: I Will Still Play
If all you leave me is bones
I will sing bones
If all you leave me is dust
I will sing dust
If everything I have loved is taken away
I will still play
I will still play

I won't change the course of the rivers
Or sing up the stones
You won't still be humming my tune
By the time you get home
I know we all go back to dirt at the end of the day
But I will still play
I will still play
You can do what you want anyway

It's cold in the land of the dead
The rivers are slow
They're shuffling off to their end
And they don't even know
Up there they've also forgotten
It's all going grey
But I will still play
I will still play

Laugh at me, that's nothing new
It was always that way
Change all the rules to the game
From what they were in my day

But I will still play
I will still play
I will still play
Track Name: Bard
Meet you by the art room door
In a circle on the hallway floor
Teacher held you back again
Drawing ogres in your textbook margin
Keeping your eyes down and dodging oranges
On the bus trip home
Every day you're battle-scarred
You'll grow up to be a bard
You'll grow up to be a bard

Hurt yourself at sports again
You're not made for mud and wind
Limping home through quiet streets
Sprinkler spits a snare drum beat
Kids down on the vacant block throw rocks at you
For talking to yourself again
Days like this are way too hard
You'll grow up to be a bard
You'll grow up to be a bard

You'll tell your own daughter stories
She'll get some dice of her own one day
They can trademark the name all they like
It's all ripped off Tolkien anyway
'Cause dragons and dungeons go back
They go back a long, long way
And they won't go away
They won't go away

Meet you by the art room door
In a circle on the hallway floor
Made up a new map last night
It's got a dragon and a wizard fight
Once the ranger and the thief get here
We can lock the door
Shut the noise out from the yard
Then we can let down our guard

You'll grow up to be a bard
You'll grow up to...
You'll grow up to be a bard
You'll grow up to...