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Waiting for Lupercalia (lyrics and vocals by MLucas)

ProgRockDan1 on April 12, 2014 16:53


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    In Waiting for Lupercalia, The singer takes on the guise of coyote, but not the mythical coyote of yore -- no, he plays the part of a 21st century coyote, starting to wonder why the two-foots do what they do. It's a bit cryptic, if you're curious check out the 'pawnotes' below to help decode the coyote-think.

    Waiting for Lupercalia [1]
    This is my land;
    flat fields marked
    by the mystery scent,
    the killing piss. [2]
    Briars, barbed wires,
    thickets and trees,
    ditches and weeds.

    Yes this is my land,
    though for now
    shared with the two foots. [3]

    Their pathways of dark sticky stone,
    their cocoons roaring past --
    impossibly hard, flashing in sunshine,
    blinding my eyes
    as I keep to the nighttime.

    They wound, they kill,
    the 'three day feast' [4]
    with one body blow.
    I've heard that sound --
    a squeal then a thump --
    they abandon it there,
    is it for us?
    A trick or an offering?
    Or could it be apathy,
    cruelty, or strange charity?

    These are my shadows!
    Here in my cloak of darkness.
    My ears are erect --
    I hear them call us,
    call us to assemble
    one time each day [5]
    as the light starts to fade, fade away.

    This is my land.
    Out where the brush and the brambles grow,
    underneath my cousin the crow. [6]

    I watch, and catch every scent,
    and from all of these learn.
    My shape shifts
    with each generation
    and I keep waiting
    waiting for lupercalia.

    --- pawnotes ---

    [3] look in a mirror
    [4] the ultimate in coyote cuisine, an eastern whitetail deer
    [5] In the little village where Martin Lucas lives, the fire dept. tests their siren every day at 6:00 pm -- the siren is similar in sound to a particular howl coyotes do intended to signal the pack to assemble, only much louder. This is not really a coincidence, as the acoustic properties of this siren/howl sound enable it to carry well across the quiet rural landscape, and also it's the sort of sound that's easy to get a fix on, direction wise...form follows function. I've heard coyote packs (and sometimes dogs) howl in response to the 'six o'clock whistle'.
    [6] crows are the other intelligent and social species sharing the habitat with the eastern coyote, or 'brush wolf', and by watching and listening to the crows in their area, the coyotes can glean a lot of useful information.
    --- photo --- a 'critter-cam' portrait of an eastern coyote from Marty's Indiana farm.

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