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lyrics

Down in a ribcage in the dry leaves of a heart
That’s where you’ll find me
Where it’s cool and where it’s dark
Underneath this country there’s a labyrinth of dirt
A hundred highways connecting all this murk

Found an ivory smile carved from hippopotamus
Held together with springs of gold and rust
This man was in pain. I could tell by his twisted hands
But I heard him sing as I took off through the soil and the sand

I’m a cemetery mink, my friend
I’m a cemetery mink and I’ll burrow on

And I lay down beneath Chicago with a fightin’ man
The imprints of a dozen jaws on the knuckles of his peaceful hands
I leaned in close and he gave his advice for free
“Eat cold eels and think those distant thoughts for me”

‘Cuz you're a cemetery mink, my friend
You're a cemetery mink and you'll burrow on
Through the cool and dark below my friends
Through the dark below you'll burrow on

Well there's a million names above me that I'll never read
Like the poisoned actress's warning that I'll never heed
And I can hear her sweet song fading through this city of debris
And all I want to ask her is to save a place for you and for me

'Cuz we are cemetery minks, my friends.
We are cemetery minks and we’ll burrow on
With lighted candles in our mouths my friends
With lighted candles in our mouths we'll burrow on

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from Hymns for the Dreadful Night, released August 16, 2011

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