The Residents, Nolan Cook, Carla Fabrizio, Toby Dammit, Molly Harvey, S. Mitchell Tent Peg in the Temple cover

Tent Peg in the Temple
by , Nolan Cook, Carla Fabrizio, Toby Dammit, Molly Harvey & S. Mitchell
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Verse 1
He's dead and naked
I'm naked too
He's dead and naked
At least I'm, I'm still wearing shoes
Verse 2
Once there was an ugly woman
Who was told to tell the truth
And so she said we needed fighters
Who were mean but mainly lighter
Verse 3
Than the metal war machinery
That was used to make us scream
And so we gathered up an army
And that was thin, but then a storm began
Verse 4
And it was really raining
Like some swollen lakes were draining
Into thunderclouds and breaking
As our enemies were waking
Verse 5
They were stuck like legless bugs there
In a mucky mire of mud where
They were stabbed and left to squirm
Like lost and lonely wiggle worms
Verse 6
He's dead and naked
I'm naked too
He's dead and naked
At least I'm still wearing shoes
Verse 7
He's dead and naked
I'm naked too
He's dead and naked
At least I'm still wearing shoes
Verse 8
Cautiously their leader ran
Until he saw me and my hand
Inviting him to come inside
My tent where he could safely hide
Verse 9
He was shivering and wet
And so I said that I would get some clothes
But then his tender eyes
Reached out and made me recognize
Verse 10
This vile and evil enemy
As someone soft and even sweet
Confused, I said he needed rest
But then somehow we were undressed
Verse 11
I said I heard someone outside
And rolled him in a rug and cried
I drove a tent stake in his head
And continued crying as he bled

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