Cats Eye

Words and music copyright ©1978 by Howard Ashby Kranz

 

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1. By the creek, in the sand, to older eyes unshown,

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Maggie Green, ten years old, finds a shiny stone..

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And it looks like a catís eye, so she takes it home,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††

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And she keeps in her secret chest, with Grandmaís comb,

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and later she holds the catís eye to her own, and she begins to scan,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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and I canít believe what Iím seeing!††† Angry colors, glowing around everything,

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like hands that grasp at me in the air,††††† and they canít quite reach me, but theyíre always there.

 

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2. Pretty girl, Margaret: her pride will be her fall.

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The fine young men she turns away, soon sheíll have none at all,

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and while plainer girls have families, sheíll be too old soon;

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sheís got an old maidís oddness and an old maidís gloom

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since a younger man she seemed to like ran from the room, his face hidden in his hands,

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saying ďI canít believe what I hear,†††††† and I canít stop hearing it since she touched my ear,

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the howling voices, the mouths that gape,†† and their strength is rising and thereís no escape!Ē

 

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3. Crazy old old Ms Green lives on down the block,

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and the kids wonít step on her sidewalk squares,and they tell how, in the dark,

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her eyes like a catís eyes seem to glow,

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and Mother says, ďDonít torment the woman so,Ē

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and Father says it only goes to show that a woman needs a man,

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and you canít believe what you hear,††††††††† and the crazy lady says we need not fear:

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she says the outer forces are turned back for a time; we must turn the fight inward, and she lowers her eyes.