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  1. New Colossus

From the album Grenades

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Kaia Kater, acoustic guitar, lead vocals; Christine Bougie, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel; Andrew Ryan, upright bass; Brad Kilpatrick, drums; Lydia Persaud, Meg Contini, Jill Harris, backing vocals

Lyrics

New Colossus teaches us the sacred math

Stalks the limits of my living room and cuts me clean in half

O time, time, the minute hand spins you round the plane

Spins the big machine as it descends again



Every tortured day a praying mantis green

Every hiss from you a glimpse into the creep

My limbs would split the wind to fractions of its shape

Split the big machine and leave you there to wait



Chorus

Speculator in the New Age town

Spoils the milk and boils the poppy down

Speculator do you crave a sign

When New Colossus comes for you

When New Colossus comes for you



Out the window trees bend down to kiss my thigh

I multiply and now the earth divides

You spurn me like a dog but now I double back

Dragging big machines and steady for attack



When I strike you, I’ll hit goddamn everyone

Like a queen with every hound and every son

Like girls who hike their skirts up high for greedy eyes

I’m the big machine that runs your acreage dry



Give it to me good

Backwards for me good

I’ll make a way from no way, good



Speculator in the New Age town

Spoils the milk and boils the poppy down

Speculator do you long to see



When New Colossus comes for you, when New Colossus comes for me

When New Colossus comes for you, when New Colossus comes for me

When New Colossus comes for you, when New Colossus comes for me

When New Colossus comes for you, when New Colossus comes for me