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We saw Abney Park at Dragoncon this year, and I've been dying to post a video of them to share, but for some reason YouTube's been out every time I've logged on to try. This is my second favorite of their songs, but I chose it because of the dance she does.



Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll
There she is on the stage
Spinning as she sprawls
Thank God the curtains fall
Her spring is sprung
And dances done
Spinning as she sprawls
Thank God the curtains fall

In the morning, he twists the key quite hard
And ticking, she's brought to boil
"Relevée, my sweet, on point, en garde!"
Her innards twang as they uncoil

Herr Doktor's fingertips trace by
On craquelature from every fall
The daylight made to race right by
With paint and paste and stitch and awl

"Patient, patient, bumblebee,
Soon your audience admire
A shapely arabesque or three
I'll wind you up, you'll never tire."

Starry tutu, sullen moon
A frozen carmine mouth
Twinkles as she jerks and swoons
The lady is ushered out

"Gentlemen, this fallen angel is the illegitimate daughter of art and science. A modern marvel of engineering, clockworks elevated to the very natural process which even now is in your blood, racing, your eyes flashing at such irreproachable beauty. Here is Gaia, here is Eve, here is Lilith, and I stand before you as her father. Sprung fully-formed from my brow, dewy and sweet; she can be yours and yours again, for her flesh is the incorruptible pale to be excused from the wages of sin."
(winds her up)

And as the sack cloth, sodden, slumps
Beneath these chipped and china limbs
The sour flesh pines, grunts and thumps
"Step right up, boys, tuppence for a spin!"

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herzograven
Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
they are one hell of a bad and i regret that i didn't get to see them
however since john's b-day party i have been talked into doing a steampunk costume and last week i finally came up with something that would be suitable for me

it's nothing i'm replicating, it's an original costume ..... and i'm going to start asap since it's going to take a while

but yes, abney park ... one hell of an awesome band
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