Tripod versus the Dragon

by Tripod

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
02:16
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
4.
05:19
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...
5.
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!
6.
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
7.
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...
8.
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
9.
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
10.
03:52
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...

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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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