The Other (feat Lucy Lawless)

from Mark Lint's Dry Folk by Mark Lint

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Written imaginatively from the perspective of the idealized/degraded female image in early 2017. I thought Lucy (TV's Xena the Warrior Princess) would be ideal to deliver this message.

lyrics

I am the Other, baby
I will solve all your problems
Fill me up with all your insecurities and fly
I am another lady, your severalth one and only
Come to me, I'm what you need
Just worship me and die

A sentimental death, fulfilling every Valentine cliché
If you never try, you'll never know how it feels to be unmade
I am the Other baby
Project upon me all your fantasies and entreaties
Especially the weird ones, baby
I am another crazy, impossibly imperfect
Vessel for your self-deceiving picture of your needs

But it's the only game in this city, built on rock and roll cliché
And if you never try, you'll never know relief from mass malaise

Love, love, love it's all you need
A break from what's.desensitized you
A not uncommon, known condition
Should clear up in a year or so

Love love love that's guaranteed
To give you something for your journal
A universal, known religion
Self-fulfilling, verifiable

Moving towards the empty ache
Bring on the incipient heartbreak
It all comes with the territory
I promise, it won't be more than you can take

I am the Other, baby, another force beyond your power
Courage to change what you can, your own death wish notwithstanding
I am the Other, baby, all wrapped in too much
Cultural cliché, so run away as fast as you need reprimanding
The Other to your immature The Other to your horse manure
The Other to your narcisissistic needs

credits

from Mark Lint's Dry Folk, released December 18, 2018
Lucy Lawless: lead vocal
Mark: harmony vocal, 12-string guitar
Rei Tangko: piano, gang bridge vocal
Ken Keeley: electric bass, gang bridge vocal
Jim Turk: djembe, shaker, tambourine, gang bridge vocal
Iris Hutchings: bridge harmony vocals

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