Hermit Crab Love Song

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lyrics

i am a hermit, selfish in my shell
shellfish with my armor
but you disarm me so well

and i've gathered up my things
swept the dust from out my little home
and as i clean i sing
it echoes round, i notice i'm alone
alone

in here it gets messy
and you can't see inside
and while talking with you i often wonder
what mess do you hide

but you told me that you're cleaning too
rearranging sand
grains that soothe and irritate
that come from being between sea and land
land

so take me by the claw
and don't pinch too tight
and when you're ready let me in
inside
inside

i'm coming out of my shell
translucent and ugly as hell
with all my organs on display
but you, you'll do the same

you're unarmored
i'm enamored

i was a hermit, selfish in my shell
shellfish with my armor
but you disarmed me so well

and now we look together
for bigger better homes
and the grains still soothe and irritate
but now at least we know we're not alone
alone

so take me by the claw and don't pinch too tight
and when you're ready let me in
inside
inside

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from Purgatory, released November 23, 2019

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Kristen Tivey New York, New York

Kristen Tivey is a singer-songwriter from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She lives in Brooklyn now.

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