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this song is a love song to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

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I will write
The truth
Upon your forehead
I will carve
Your true name
Upon my hand

I will bathe
Your courage
And your wishes
And your luck
Until they gleam
Bright as morning again

Will you love me
And be my friend
For the world is terrible lonely
Will you love me
And be my friend
For the world is terrible sad

We've been worn
Down and dingified
And gunked up
And unnerved
But we can
Be scrubbed clean

We can live
Like we never learned
What pain feels like
Or mockery
Or fear
Or how bad things can be

We won’t waste
All our luck
On cars and airplanes
We will quench
Our thirst with tall-ships
And tests

We will trade
Our old, dirty
Broke-down wishes
For a new hope
Where our hearts
And souls and bodies can nest.

Where you can love me
And be my friend
Though the world is terrible lonely
Will you love me
And be my friend
For the world is terrible sad

There can be snow and foes
And red lanterns and somersaults
There can be snow and foes
And red lanterns and somersaults
There can be snow and foes
And red lanterns and somersaults
There can be snow and foes
And red lanterns and somersaults

If you love me
And be my friend
For the world is terrible lonely
Will you love me
And be my friend
For the world is terrible sad

Will you write
The truth
Upon my forehead
Will you carve
My true name
Upon your hand

Will you bathe
My courage
And my wishes
And my luck
Until they gleam
Bright as morning again

Will you love me…

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from SECRETLY ILLITERATE, released November 5, 2011

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