White Devil

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Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit (Instrumental)”

Now you see me
Now you don’t
Pure white like the driven snow
Walking in a straight line
As I make eyes at your runny nose
Only take a second
And blocked sinuses will clear
As for the depression
Will be some way less severe
I can make it go away
Just have to say the word
Go roll up that banknote
Will not see those edges blur

Now you see me
Now you don’t
However, you will know that I am present once I nestle in your throat
Can you feel the fog is lifting
Balance shifting in your favor
Not obliged to thank me
But I may well be your handsome savior
Nothing feels so fucked when lady luck is dressed in white
Take another hit, let’s make a lady of the night

Now you see me
Now you don’t
I’m not about to lie, your chest may feel a little tight
Pulse may race and heartbeat quicken
Runny nose may recommence its dripping
Not worth tripping, got you covered
May well be your greatest lover
Grab that razor blade and come and make yourself another

Don’t forget to cover tracks
Remove all damning evidence
Our little secret, you and I
The others wouldn’t understand
A pair of mindset veterans
Our betterment is relevant to bettering of best laid plans
Best we make this one time deal, shake hands and make some expectations grand
Commiserations to those too afraid to take a stand
And long live Class A contraband

Now you see me
Now you don’t
Try to sleep
Regrettably, you very likely won’t
Too much work afoot
Too many posers still to process
Questions burning
Stomach churning
Come and see the hostess
Will not see you down and out
When single well-timed snort can court osmosis
Open up that mind of yours
Supply creative fuel you crave
Fortune favors braveness
Endorses thoughts you stave away
Our little secret, you and I
Effects to take directly to your grave

Now you see me
Now you don’t
Pure white like the driven snow
Only one place left to go
It’s written on your face
Cut me kindly, don’t you waste me
No disgrace in chasing me
Will not run away
And the line I walk is ever straight
Heavy nosebleeds commonplace
I’ll be right here to compensate
And one more thing before we sing duet
The best is yet to come
Remember that once you run dry
Keep your eye on next first prize
One quick hit will rectify
The sadness welling up inside
Now you see me
Now you don’t
At least until the next time

What do you mean there will be no repeat
Wouldn’t it be wise to ween yourself off me
Thought we had something quite special, unique
Besides, I go blinding with a mug of hot coffee
Granted, you may feel a little off-key
But please consider how this feels for me
Extradited as you bite the white-gloved hand that feeds
Now you see me
Now you don’t
I vote we take it slowly
Now get down on your feeble knees
And blow me

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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