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Outer Scorpion Squadron
All Eternals Deck


All Eternals Deck




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Outer Scorpion Squadron is the 10th song on the album All Eternals Deck.


If you really want to conjure up a ghost
Cultivate a space for
 the things that hurt you most

Rake the sands until they surface
Bind their tiny eyes

Stake out your position,
 let your armor fall
Stay put til they find you,
it won't take long at all

Rake the sands until they surface
Up they come, gone translucent

They're coming up no matter what
Fools rush in and the doors slam shut

Ghosts of my childhood stay with me,
if you will
Find a place where there's water,
hold you under til you're still

Rake the sands until they surface
Don't let anybody call them ugly

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This is a song... by myself... for people like me... who -- oh, this sentence is really starting to take a nice shape -- for people like me, who have a strong indwelling evidently permanent urge to damage themselves or cut themselves off prior to some accomplishment or arrival at a place of comfort and happiness. I didn't succeed in my goal to not bum everyone out, but... In short, this is a song about, uh, about trauma, and surviving it, and it's called 'Outer Scorpion Squadron.'" -- 2011-03-29 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

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