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There’s a guard hound on that row
His shifting shape is rumbling down low
His lie though not told to take your life
Or cause your mind any kind of a strife
Has momentum on his broken leg
To burrow down to lie in wait

Now I know I could not give my confession
I could never tell them a whole lie
When I was young I didn’t know that hound’s intention
And certainly did not know why
I would perform my own perfect penance
To save my soul in the case that I might die

And still that figure
Goes lurking through my mind
And I wonder what I have done
Given pressure and given time

Oh father I have robbed myself of penance
Dear father I fear that I might have died
Lust is shaking and murder grins
His eyes are faking and the truth it spins
This guard hound rakes all his children in
As the serpent sheds their perfect youthful skin

And the guard hound on that row
Now he wants to go toe to toe
Come on help me drag his body down through these streets again
Let’s not wait this time until the very end
Let’s make sure they see it all of his friends
If I can’t kill him now I’ll throw him off my scent

And still that figure
Goes worming through my mind
And no matter what we have done
The ground it trembles and the sun it shines


from Ladders Out of Purgatory, track released April 22, 2014
Written by Brian Frame
Produced and recorded by Jonathan Kraft

Performed by:
Brian Frame - vocals/acoustic guitar


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