Saber​-​Tooth Tiger

from by Keith Monacchio

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Saber-Tooth Tiger

She got the back of his hand
One too many times
One too many looks
Seen one too many bad sides
Going out of her way to make this house a home
He thinks he knows me, but he don’t know me at all

I’ll be a saber-tooth tiger in a lion’s cage
You can be the tamer watch me fly into a rage
I’m burning your dinner while you nap on the bed
One of these days you’re gonna turn up dead

Black boots and dark roots, a kick in the head
Cover up & shut it up, didn’t you hear what I said
She said I’m movin to my mom’s, you ain’t going nowhere
I’m way past the point
I’m gonna snap I swear

And be a saber-tooth tiger in a lion’s cage
You don’t know the depths of the war I can wage
I’m writing your obit, while I’m baking the bread
One of these days I’m gonna put a knife right in your head

I’m not sorry for the things I say
Because everyday
Always ends the same
A bouquet of flowers and a full ashtray
It’s a big mistake
But, it’s the only way

Today’s the big day; I dropped the kids at my moms
Gun check, gut check, left the porch light on
I’ve got one door left out of this personal hell
Just have to look him in the face and handle this myself
So, get down on your knees
My most dreaded disease
Let me hear you plead
You sound just like me
I really should have done this years ago
Just ignored your commands
And disrupted the show

Like a saber-tooth tiger in a lion’s cage
For once it won’t be mine, but his blood on the page
The hole’s already dug out behind the shed
Tonight I’m gonna sleep with the clearest conscience ever slept
Gonna leave the dirty dishes, while he sleeps with the fishes
The rest of my life starts tonight


from The Dust​-​Up, released September 12, 2016
Keith Monacchio – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sean Glonek – Electric Guitar, Synthesizer



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