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The Modern Leper
Frightened Rabbit Lyrics

A cripple walks amongst you
All you tired human beings
He's got all the things a cripple has not
Two working arms and legs

And vital parts fall from his system
And dissolve in Scottish rain
But vitally, he doesn't miss them
He's too fucked up to care

Well is that you in front of me?
Coming back for even more of exactly the same
You must be a masochist
To love a modern leper on his last leg, on his last leg

Well I crippled your heart a hundred times
And still can't work out why
You see, I've got this disease
I can't shake and I'm just rattling through life

Well this is how we do things now
Yeah this is how the modern stay scared
So I cut out all the good stuff
Yeah I cut off my foot to spite my leg

Is that you in front of me?
Coming back for even more of exactly the same
You must be a masochist
To love a modern leper on his last leg

Well I am ill but I'm not dead
And I don't know which of those I prefer
Because that limb which I have lost
Well it was the only thing holding me up, holding me up

Well I'm lying on the ground now
And you're walking through the only door
Well I have lost my eyesight like I said I would
But I still know

That that is you in front of me
And you are back for even more of exactly the same
Well are you a masochist?
You love a modern leper on his last leg

And you're not ill and I'm not dead
Doesn't that make us the perfect pair?
You should sit with me and we'll start again
And you can tell me all about what you did today
What you did today

Written by: Grant David Hutchison, Scott John Hutchison, David Kennedy

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Rest easy, beautiful human being :(


I just found out about them last week. And then I read this and now I'm depressed.


Ugh. Don't know if I'll ever be able to listen to this song again without breaking down


Not everyone wins when they go up against they're demons ): RIP

Jay Moses

"Well I am ill but I'm not dead" - man this hurts to listen to now

Julio Gulio

Hes not Ill or Dead! hes flying free, guiding us to the place he could never reach on this earthly timeline. GODSPEED

Devin Robertson

@Andrew Ross Jay, me too. And Andrew, that was one of the most incredibly-written things I have ever read in my entire life. <3 Rest easy, Scott.

Andrew Ross

Jay Moses Being ill was the best case scenario, the alternative was never necessarily a clearly worse one. That’s the brutal reality of living with mental illness. He was never going to know “which of those, he’d prefer”.

That said, I never let myself think we’d end up here. Even when not being alive seems inconsequential to you, it isn’t to others. That’s amplified many times over for someone like Scott, who touched so many lives, in such a profound way. I find the world more difficult knowing that he isn’t in it.

Liam Harrison

RIP Scott, you've crippled my heart a hundred times and I still can't work out why

Valentina Dori

I never realized how Elliott-Smithy this song sounds until now.

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