Elephant Painter

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lyrics

I'm just an elephant painter--you show me the moves
till I'm good and I'm trained and I know what to do
you taught me so perfectly in my pen in your zoo
but I made all these paintings for the peanuts you threw

brushing white canvas will never be stroking your hair
too caught in the thought of who else had been there
but these words are just symbols we launch into the air
my paints are all laid out, the canvas prepared

red desire's naked light
the lamp-black blot of another wasted night
we clean till the paint runs away
we drink till there's nothing but gray

I'm not the beast you've mistaken me for
but the sting of your hand has a certain allure
bound to obey with slow silent consent
but don't dare turn your back, cause I never forget

cause I'm an elephant painter--you showed me the moves
till I'm good and I'm trained and I know what to do

credits

from the Passengers, released May 21, 2012
Mitch Ebert-- backing vocals
Alma Garcia De Lilla-- backing vocals
Christy Mooers-- upright bass
Sean Michael Robinson-- backing vocals, guitar, organ

Music by Sean Michael Robinson and Chad Lindhorst. Lyrics by Sean.
Engineered by Chad with Sean. Mixed by Sean.
Produced by Sean and Landlord's Daughter.

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Landlord's Daughter Seattle, Washington

"The violin and guitar work on the album are impeccable..."
"The Passengers isn't a rock musical, per se, but the album certainly strikes that chord. In the vein of the Decemberists' The Hazards Of Love (though a little less gruesome), Landlord's Daughter are melodious, theatrical storytellers."

—Line Out, The Stranger
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