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Bats

Lyrics by Tori Amos

if you see three candles in the window
been expecting you Undine of the Sea
The Kindly Ones are here with me
Undine of the Sea keep breathing girl

got a bat visiting
on a break from teaching
at William and Mary
you've asked his expertise
about the deal the ancient
sea maids made with humanity

warning "the most precious thing
that we'll fight to save
the fate of our waves
with her blue satin crashing"

if you see three candles in the window
been expecting you Undine of the Sea
The Kindly Ones are here with me
Undine of the Sea keep breathing girl

you say the bats are wise
and once had prophesied
what fate... if betrayed
by human kind

yes dripped in mist sisters rise
quietly from the fens and marshes
all for the love of our dearest friend
it now begins


Tori Quotes

The EPA and climate change deniers are also tackled on a song called "Bats." Its dramatis personae are water creatures -- the Undines of the Sea -- and its inciting incident is humankind's betrayal of nature.

There is a flirtation with "Benjamin" [which follows "Bats" on the record] in this song. I think once the EPA announced the people that were going to be the caretakers of the country, it seemed like we needed to remember that, maybe there was an agreement that was made thousands and thousands of years ago between humanity and that which is on the other side of the veil -- the Devas that rule nature and work with nature -- maybe they do remember the agreement. The bats definitely remember. And so, humans have probably forgotten this agreement but the problem is they've been warning us, they'll wreak havoc, they're wreaking havoc right now. And will continue to do so. [The 405 - September 5, 2017]


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