Hunters and Collectors – Betrayer

Betrayer (album page art)

Betrayer (album page art)

 

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio  3:58 Demon Flower album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live Acoustic 3:30 Living In Large Rooms & Lounges album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live 4:04 1994 01 19 Penrith Leagues, Penrith Australia DAT The Vault digital download at True Believers, 2 March 2014.

 Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

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Lyrics

When I saw you run to the water
I heard your laughter
I knew you were finally home
Back to the place where you came from
Battered and cold
You conquered the sea on your own
Yeah I watched you from light years away
I swore to myself
That I’d track you down some day

But I lost my way for an ancient love
I played the double hand
I slaughtered the dove

As I watched the great oceans rise
I shrank from the tempest
That boiled and burst in your eyes
Yeah your face was lit like a lantern
Your cries filled the air
Like a joyous bird in the sky
You were chanting a feverous prayer
Twisted and broken
I struggled to understand

Once the betrayer
But I’ve been betrayed
I’ve been a slave to the toys I’ve made

I felt the power
In the words you whispered
I shrank in fear as you offered your hand
But you dragged me down to the water
Beneath the volcano
Across the soft black sand
That’s where we made our pact with the sky
You clung to me tightly there
And I held you high.

Over and over to the living end
Let go the last of what I couldn’t defend
Long forgotten for an ancient love
I rose again and followed the dove…