The Matchgirl

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The little matchgirl sells her matchsticks to blind men with technicolour dreams
When her world’s filled with cowardice, who’s she to say that the blind man’s the one who can’t see
And the foxes and kittens lost touch long ago, but they keep chasing tails in hopes that they’ll grow
With 3 strikes you are OUT and your dreams will die out
With the sulphurous lies that the Orange Man told

Heave away, Heave away: Bundle her up and ship her on out of here
Heave away, Heave away: Off to a place where no one will miss her
Heave away, Heave away: Here they’re all blind and don’t know what they’re looking for
Heave away, Heave away

The Matchgirl is sweet and the blind men can taste it
They worship her wares as she dances out of their grasp
When her name becomes blasphemy she escapes pedantry in Floydian slippage and saggy cloth cats

Heave away, Heave away: Bundle her up and ship her on out of here
Heave away, Heave away: Off to a place where no one will miss her
Heave away, Heave away: Here you’re all blind and don’t know what you’re looking for
Heave away, Heave away

So
Batten the hatches with matches and silver spoons,
Break out the gin, there’s no way that we’re getting caught
Now in the downpour that’s bound to ensue
When he finds out she’s missing. Who’s missing? Never heard of her
The matchgirl is striking her matches impatiently
Scrubbing her hands as the man pleads insanity
If it’s Chrissie you’re missing, you might as well know
You can look for as long as you like; she left years ago

So
Heave away, Heave away: Bundle her up and ship her on out of here
Heave away, Heave away: Off to a place where you’ll never miss her
Heave away, Heave away: You can replace her with younger and foreigner
Heave away, Heave away: Here they’re all blind and don’t know what they’re looking for
Heave away, Heave away

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from From the Ground, released April 5, 2019

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Flora Greysteel York, UK

Emily Rowan is a singer, piano basher, uke toter and glitter addict. Simon Bolley is a singer-songwriter who plays drums like the lead guitarist he is. Together they make music that has been described as "beautifully strange", "ecstatic melancholy" and "an emotional candy bar". ... more

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