Bad Priestess


Zopilote Machine




the Mountain Goats



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Bad Priestess is the 11th song on the album Zopilote Machine.


When I see you in your new blue jeans
I know you're lying, and I know what it means
When I see you take your place among the poor
I know you're a fraud for sure
Bad priestess, bad priestess

So the sunlight plays its games along your eyes
And it has the same effect on a thousand other guys
And I’d be lying if I said I didn't feel the pull, too
But the sunlight makes me strong and I know about you
Bad priestess

Bad priestess, on a Thursday as the sun goes down
Bad priestess, with a super-special eyelash trick
Bad priestess, bad priestess

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "I got, I got a piece of mail calling me out on this song at one point, and then I was like, 'whoa, you're right.' Because, it's like, the point of the song is, like, a guy is attributing all these mystic powers to a, a woman that he doesn't really know very well, right. The narrator is insane, but I could totally see how, you know, a fellow feminist might take this song to mean some guy attributing ridiculous sort of powers to make men misbehave thing that sort of misogynist dudes are into. So that was sort of like a signal for me to stop writing songs like this, but at the same time, at the same time, I would hope that everybody would notice that the narrator is not actually someone I'm supporting. I'm just reporting." -- 2011-04-08 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC

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