BBW Blues

from by Phil Mills

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about

This isn't explicitly taken from the “Fables” graphic novels but I'm reasonably sure my subconscious brought some of that into the song.

lyrics

There's poison in the meat and traps by the creek,
Bullets and barbed wire too.
There's a bounty on my ears and payment for my pelt
Or a cage waiting at a zoo.
But I tell you it's better than the fantasy life I knew.

Chorus:
'Cause I can still hear that boy, calling my name
Over and over, though I'm not to blame.
Nothing in my story is quite what is claimed.
He cried, "Wolf!"

You've heard about the pigs and the scam at their house?
Simply an insurance cheat,
With a pile of broken sticks and bushels full of straw
And a dupe who could take the heat.
So the one who paid the price was the unlucky chimney sweep.

[Chorus]

I'm almost ninety pounds when I'm soaking wet,
Never swallowed people whole!
One minute I'm in bed with the hunter and Gran,
Then they're chasing me out the door.
Now the kid's wearing red clothes on the street when she goes to score.

[Chorus]

Now if you think it can't be as bad as I say --
Plainly I must have survived --
That isn't quite they point for anywhere you are
Life's more than just, "Stay alive!"
And for all that's wrong here I never feel the plot's so contrived.

[Chorus]

There's poison in the meat and traps by the creek,
Bullets and barbed wire too.
There's a bounty on my ears and payment for my pelt
Or a cage waiting at a zoo.
But I tell you it's better than the fantasy life I knew.

credits

from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Jane Garthson – lead vocal
Phil Mills – backing vocal, electric guitar

tags

tags: pop filk Toronto

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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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