Tiger Stripes

from Fairytales and Fears by Geraint Luff

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lyrics

Get close enough that I can see
The flaws in your surface, your joins and your seams
Get close enough that you can't see
My creases and canyons and scars, or so it feels

Get far enough that I can see
The shape of my life and the hole when you leave
Get far enough that you can breathe
Stretch your legs, sharpen your teeth because

You've got tiger stripes hidden underneath
And I shouldn't have let you down
Oh we, we will never see how strong we can be
If I'm trying to shrink your crown

When I am small, on my fragile knees
My awkward frame covered in rags and leaves
I draw on maps, name regions for me
And I mean no harm (on the surface at least)

But when we walk within my lines
It's easy for me to forget and to stride
To trample down, to leave behind
So you push me back, and you tell me that

You've got tiger stripes hidden underneath
And I shouldn't have let you down
Oh we, we will never see how strong we can be
If I'm trying to shrink your crown

When I look down I mind my feet
I don't fall but I can't look up to see

You've got tiger stripes hidden underneath
And I shouldn't have let you down

Oh we, we may never see how strong we can be
If I'm trying to shrink your crown

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from Fairytales and Fears, released December 2, 2017

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