Two Falls Out Of Three

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This song includes spoilers for the book "Memory" by Lois McMaster Bujold.


Capable hands on a tabletop fold
Girt with such power to give or withhold
Desire was written in blood on my face
Aflame at this chance to crawl back into grace.

My pacing is bounded here, tied up in knots
Driven, constrained, like my circling thoughts
Like thread winding tighter the harder I flee
I wrestle temptation two falls out of three.

He sees me too well; we are two of a tribe,
From weasel to weasel, an elegant bribe.
The price is to finish, as quick as I can
This Audit, condemning an innocent man.

But why? All his passion is given, I'd say
To Simon's old job, he has taken--away.
I bounce off the walls as I grapple his plan
Finding the motive, uncovers the man!

Security's chief will not lightly be caught
Accusing Haroche, I'll get only one shot.
I wonder what "accidents" he might approve;
Pounding the carpet I ponder my move

But wait just a second; suppose I accept
And turn him in later with evidence kept?
Of course, I'd be witness he couldn't afford...
But hey, while it lasted, we wouldn't be bored.

But facing the moment, the questions recede.
If I knew he'd play straight--I still wouldn't concede
The webs fall away, I am steadied and warmed
Shedding my tangle, emerging transformed

The power of ImpSec he wears like a cloak
Leaving a trail made of mirrors and smoke
But I'll be the one who finds proof of his crimes
Who wrestled temptation and pinned it two times!

The answer I reach for I cannot evoke...
How shall I catch him in mirrors and smoke, mirrors and smoke, mirrors and...AIR FILTERS!


from From The Hazel Tree, released January 1, 2004



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In 1995 Cat Faber and Callie Hills teamed up to form Echo's Children, a duo known for well crafted harmonies and interesting lyrics about science fiction and fantasy subjects. They worked together until 2003, when Cat Faber moved to Tennessee and the group broke up. ... more

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