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Jenny was an octopus
she lived deep in the ocean just like every good octopus should
and Jenny was the best

She knew the secrets of the sand
she was always keen to lend a hand
or a tentacle to her fellow man (or octopus, I guess)

Yes – Jenny was an octopus
and her friends all knew she was in love
with a pirate boy who dwelt above the ever-rolling waves

She longed to take her tentacle
and smash it straight up through the hull
and hold him till her ventricles beat in time with his

But Jenny was an octopus, not
a giant squid

Billy was a buccaneer
he knew his trade
he knew no fear
though he was not advanced in years
and he shed his tears for home

and after dark
on silent feet
across the sleeping deck he’d creep
and hold a lantern to the deep
where Jenny swam alone, oh…


One summer night
a Spanish tar spied his candle from afar
the grapeshot flew
poor Billy knew the sea rush through his heart

When Jenny saw his lantern fall
she used an arm to plug each hole
carried him off through the shoals of dead men to the shore

knowing, if he lived, that Billy wouldn’t sail no more

When the doctors woke him up
Billy let an eight-armed tear fall to the floor...

Jenny was an octopus we met in an aquarium
back when our hopes and cares were young
and we were barely old

Jenny was an octopus we told each other stories of
each time we finished making love
and we were feeling cold

Jenny was an octopus I dredged up as a sign of trust
in a hallway with your teeth half-brushed
and your eyes full on the door

Oh Jenny is the octopus still wrapped around my heart
and she’ll just plug the holes as best she can until I’m safe ashore

Jenny is my octopus – I’m not sailing anymore


from .​.​.​Loves You, released August 21, 2011


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