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Abney Park - The Emperor's Wives lyrics

Deep, dark in the forest kingdom
Under banyan covered skies
Lived a king with untold riches;
Jewels, gold, and two fair wives
Both had hair as black as midnight,
Coal-black eyes that sparkled bright,
Terracotta skin as smooth as bronze
And tender movements like a sprite's

Every night he indulged his fantasies
Enjoyed his wives and went to sleep
As he slept his wives kept secrets
Holding hands under the sheets

Each dark day in his ancient palace
The Emperor sat on his throne of gold
His young wives explored bright gardens
Eyes met eyes and hands took hold

One bright day in the dead of summer
A pretty young wife saw a look of love
On her lovers face--toward their husband
Fires burned jealous; she'd lost her love

One hot night in the dead of summer
The emperor's wife stole a magi's blade
Crept into her lovers' chamber,
And as they slept her lovers slayed

In a deep, a dark, a forest kingdom
Under banyan covered skies
Lived a king with untold riches;
Jewels, gold, and two fair wives
Both had hair as black as midnight,
Coal-black eyes that sparkled bright,
Terracotta skin as smooth as bronze
And tender movements like a sprite's