3rd Of May

Fleet Foxes

/ 3rd Of May /

Light ended the night, but the song remained
And I was hiding by the stair, half here
Half there, past the lashing rain
And as the sky[e] would petal white, old innocent lies came to mind
As we stood, congregated, at the firing line

Night ended the fight, but the song remained
And so I headed to the wall
Turned tail to call to the new domain
As if in the sight of sea, you’re suddenly free
But it’s all the same…
Oh, but I can hear you, loud in the center
Aren’t we made to be crowded together, like leaves?

Was I too slow? Did you change overnight?
Second son, on the other line…

Now, back in our town as a castaway
I’m reminded of the time it all fell in line, on the third of May
As if it were designed, painted in sand to be washed away
Oh, but I can hear you, loud in the center
Aren’t we made to be crowded together, like leaves
Was I too slow? Did I change overnight?
Second son, for the second time…

Can I be light and free?
If I lead you through the fury will you call to me?
And is all that I might owe you carved on ivory?

But all will fade. All I say. All I needed
As a flash in the eye, I wouldn’t deny, all receded

Life unfolds in pools of gold
I am only owed this shape if I make a line to hold
To be held within one’s self is deathlike, oh I know

But all will be, for mine and me, as we make it
And the size of the fray, can’t take it away, they won’t make it

I was a fool
Crime after crime to confess to
But I hold the fleet angel, she’ll bless you
Hold fast to the wing. Hold fast to the wing

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