The Paper King

Paper stretches eye to eye
paper people paper trees
white as dwarves and thin as paper words.
Ruler of this paper world
a literate and learned king
he the only pencil holds and wields.

Write another paper rule.
Write another constitution.
Write another history.
Write another me.

All the peasants, all the lords
held the words in great esteem.
Everybody knew the king was just.
Every paper person read
noble deeds and noble laws.
From the castle orders came and went.

Write another paper rule.
Write another constitution.
Write another history.
Write another me.

Burn the rot the orders said.
Burn the cardboard hermit men.
Burn the old and build a better world.
Burn the tissue paper cows.
Burn all houses facing west.
People set to burn as they were bid.

(solo)

Tastrophe in fernal guise.
Storms of flame consumed the world.
Every horse and every person fled.
In the castle still it wrote
on the body of the king,
frantic pencil, living and insane.

Dancing like a hurricane.
Frenzy like a revolution.
Writing for eternity.
Writing by itself.

Mad as any paper king.
Sane as any revolution.
Hidden pencil write away.
Write another day.