Lion On A Leash

from Toothless Messiah by Curtis McMurtry

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lyrics

why are you trying so hard to be gentle?
how does it feel to be a lion on a leash?
all your allies can't wait to bite you
and you won't even show them your teeth

you tie your hands as if that makes you stronger
as if it is noble to crawl
but taking the high road's for suckers
it just means you have further to fall
further to fall

your compassion counts against you
they don't give medals for restraint
they want a monster that can protect them
they want a winner, not a saint

so kick when your enemy stumbles
don't be afraid to get blood on your shoes, boy
we're still on the side of the angels
and our weapons demand to be used
they demand to be used

credits

from Toothless Messiah, released February 5, 2021
Curtis McMurtry- vocals, resonator guitar
Diana Burgess- cellos
Mike Meadows- drums and 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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