The Ren and the Robin

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Little Ren said Robin,
Robin where do you fly?
Robin, how do you get there?
And how do you get so high?

And Robin said,
It’s wonderful, I spread my wings and touch the sky
The wind it lifts me up so high
And the sun is really lemon meringue.

Old Black Crow said Robin
Don’t forget the past
Don’t forget where you come from
And where you’ll end at last

And Robin said Old Crow it hurts
The pain is too much to bear
I can hear them haunting me
I can feel them in the air
But I’ll keep pushing on

Blue Jay said Robin,
Your red breasts look so fine
Come a little bit closer
I want to have you for mine

And Robin simply nodded her head
She swallowed all her pride
She felt his breath as he crushed her chest
And she never saw his eyes again

Vulture said Robin
You’ve come to me at last
I will eat your soul for you and you’ll forget the past
And Robin took a breath so deep
The darkness filled her eyes
He ate her heart and left a balloon that slowly filled her up inside

And Robin floated so high,
Lost to land and sea
The red balloon has sprung a leak
She began to atrophy
And when she crashed she watched as the ants ate out her eyes
If I had only gotten out of my head
And she never saw the sky again


from Snake in the Grass, released May 23, 2014
Poppy Xander - piano, voice, song-writing



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Poppy Xander Dallas, Texas

Poppy Xander is a Dallas based composer, vocalist, performer, and keyboardist who has recently released the solo debut album, "Snake in the Grass." She began playing the piano when she was seven years old and continues to explore compositional possibilities after receiving training from the University of North Texas and a variety of ensembles including jazz, gamelan, marimba, and rock/metal bands. ... more

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