Around My Neck

from Toothless Messiah by Curtis McMurtry

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lyrics

you bring out the worst in me so quickly
you make the struggle seem like such a thrill
you still see yourself in shining armor
no matter how much blood you spill
and all your misguided disciples
drink your fire just as I did before
but now I can admit I was mistaken
I don't smile at your madness anymore

(chorus)
your voice is soft, but every word is still a threat
gently you close your jaws around my neck

the ease of this deception
the shadow and the spark
smoke and misdirection
dreams colliding in the dark
and though you never keep a promise
still they believe you are sincere
you're patient as a spider
your intentions just as clear

(chorus)

there will be some resistance
one or two you cannot bend
and they will stand against you
like leaves against the wind
and you will hit them like a train
I feel the thunder down the track
here in all your crooked glory
no one left to hold you back

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from Toothless Messiah, released February 5, 2021
Curtis McMurtry- vocals, resonator guitars, banjolele
Diana Burgess- vocals, cellos
Evan Kaspar- leaf percussion

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Curtis McMurtry Austin, Texas

Curtis McMurtry writes apocalyptic indie folk about the selfish and the cowardly. Influenced by Fiona Apple and Tom Waits, Curtis' music combines sinister lyrics with sophisticated orchestrations. He specializes in sad songs and mean songs, and considers his catalogue to be "music for people that like to read." ... more

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