Motherland

This House is On Fire

This house is on fire!

Well kick off your boots, come sit a spell.
Listen to me worry, come on listen well.

All you better best come and lean in boys
I don't dare raise my voice

I've been sitting here for the longest time
Reading all the warning and the danger signs
But I don't have the gift of the prophecy
Telling everybody how it, it's going to be

Soon come, soon come the day
This tinderbox is gonna blow in your face.
Your face, your face
But I don't have the gift of the prophesy
Telling everybody how it's going to be.
You go passing wrong for right and right for wrong
People only stand for that for just so long.

It's all gonna catch like a house on fire
Spark an evil blaze and burn higher

Well, I don't have the gift of the prophesy
Telling everybody how it's going to be
You go passing wrong for right and right for wrong
People only stand for that for just so long

I don't have the gift of the prophesy
Telling everybody how it's going to be.
There's a wild fire catching in the whip of the wind
That could start a conflagration like there has never been

This house is on fire
This house is on fire

Henry Darger

Who'll save the poor little girl?
Henry Darger, Henry Darger
Who'll save the poor little girl?
Henry, Henry
Oh Henry Oh
Henry, Henry Oh

Who'll tell the story of her?
Henry Darger, Henry Darger
Who'll tell it to all the world?
Henry, Henry
Oh Henry Oh
Henry, Henry Oh

Who'll buy the carbon paper now?
Henry Darger, Henry Darger
Who'll trace the lines of her mouth?
Henry, Henry
Oh Henry Oh
Henry, Henry Oh

Who will conquer foreign worlds searching for the stolen girls?
Princesses you'll never fear the patron saint of girls is here!
Who will draw the cavalry in and risk his very own precious skin
To make our Angelinia a free and beautiful land again?

Who'll love a poor orphan child
Henry Darger, Henry Darger
Lost, growing savage and wild?
Henry, Henry
Henry Oh
Henry, Henry Oh
Henry, Henry
Oh Henry Oh
Henry
Henry, Henry

Motherland

Where in the hell can you go
Far from the things that you know
Far from the sprawl of concrete that keeps crawling its way
About 1,000 miles a day

Take one last look behind
Commit this to memory and mind
Don't miss this wasteland, this terrible place
When you leave
Keep your heart off your sleeve.

Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me
Stay beside me don't go
Don't you go

Oh, my five and dime queen
Tell me what have you seen
The lust and the avarice
The bottomless, the cavernous greed
Is that what you see?

Oh Motherland cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me, stay beside me don't go.

It's your happiness
I want most of all
And for that I'd do anything at all
Oh mercy me!
If you want the best of it
Or the most of all
If there's anything I can do at all.

Now come on shot gun bride
What makes me envy your life?
Faceless, nameless, innocent, blameless and free
What's that like to be?

Oh Motherland
Cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me
Stay beside me don't go
Don't go

Motherland
Cradle me
Close my eyes, lullaby me to sleep
Keep me safe, lie with me
Stay beside me don't go
Don't go

The Worst Thing

So you're in love, it's so good for you
Live it up girl 'cause it never lasted long

It's heaven for now but not for long
It's gonna hurt you
It's gonna make you feel so bad.

Once I could love, I could trust, I could not doubt
But that was the worst thing that I could do
It was just about the worst thing that I could do.

Maybe not now
But it won't take long before it's
Gonna hurt you
Truly do you some harm.

Once I was open, could hope, I had no doubt
But that was the worst thing that I could do
Just about the worst thing that I could do.
It was just about the worst thing that I could do.

Once I came close to that most elusive fire
Burning with hopeless love and desire but
It was just about the worst thing that I could do
It was just about the worst thing that I could do
It was just about the worst thing that I could do
It was just about the worst thing that I could do

En el pasado estuve ciega como tu
Atrapada y perdida como tu
Embelesada y suspendida en mi jaula de plata
Esos recuerdos te acompanaran toda la vida

Saint Judas

Saddle up the horses and wear your Sunday best
Sing your Sacred Harp, you be holier than the rest
Fill up the room with a grand and a thunderous song
Let it rattle out the windows
Let it spill out on the lawn

As you shout, shout your praises to the man who kissed the Lord
To the back stabbing brother that betrayed all of this world, your Judas!

Yeah, you may walk in the valley in the dark
There's no greater evil than the darkness in your heart
With stun guns, bloodhounds
Needle and your razor wire
Your nylon shackle whipping post
And your high tech burning tire, your Judas, Judas, Judas.

Judas, Judas
Whiplash crack across the back, across the arms
Although you bound his feet, he running fast he running hard
Through them crickets in the corn
And them horses in the field
Hear the "caw, caw" of the crows
See the devil at the wheel y'all, Judas, Judas, Judas, Judas
Judas, Judas

Go on down to Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas
Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, Florida
Louisiana and Tennessee
Georgia, Carolina, Carolina.

There's no greater evil
Than the darkness in your heart

Tell Yourself

I know what you tell yourself you tell yourself
I know what you tell yourself you tell yourself
Look in the mirror
Look in the mirror what does it show?

I hear you counting
I know you're adding, adding up the score
I know, oh yes I know
What you tell yourself, you tell yourself.
I know what you tell yourself, you tell yourself.

Ever since Eden
We're built for pleasing everyone knows
Ever since Adam
Cracked his rib and let us go
I know, oh yes I know
What you tell yourself, you tell yourself.
I know what you tell yourself, you tell yourself.
I know what you tell yourself, you tell yourself.

Who taught you how to lie
So well and to believe
In each and every word you say?

Who told you that nothing about you is alright
It's just no use, it's just no good you'll never be ok?

Well I know, I know that wrong's been done to you
"It's such a tough world,"
That's what you say
And I know, I know it's easier said than done
But that's enough girl
Give it away
Give it, give it all away

Tell yourself that you're not pretty
Look at you, you're beautiful.
Tell yourself that no one sees
Plain Jane invisible to me

Just tell yourself
Tell yourself
Tell yourself you'll never be like the anorexic beauties in the magazines
Like a bargain basement Barbie doll, no belle du jour, no femme fatale
Just tell yourself, tell yourself
Tell yourself there's nothing worse than the pain inside and the way it hurts
But tell yourself it's nothing new cause everybody feels it too
They feel it too
And there's just no getting 'round the fact that you're thirteen right now.

Put the Law on You

Do I have to put the law on you baby
For all the wicked things you do?
Am I gonna have to put the law on you baby?
That was not what I wanted to do.

Do I have to put the law on you baby
Try to make you come out clean
Every evil deed
You're just about the lowest and the dirtiest thing I've ever seen.

Did you really think
You could pull it off
The perfect crime
Crime of the heart?
And do you really think that you'll get away
Do the crime and never pay?

Do I have to put the law on you baby
Lock you up and throw away the key
For the countless counts of low down double-cross you've been about?
Have you no, no decency?

Did you really think
That you could pull it off
The perfect crime, crime of the heart?
Did you really think
That you'll get away
Escape my justice until you're dying day?

Though you made it clear
From the very start
There's no trusting you in my foolish heart
Though you maybe made it clear that didn't make it right
Not inside of me
Do you really really think you'll get away
You can't escape my justice 'til
My dying day.
You're dying day
You're dying day

Just Can't Last

Well I know I
Swear I know your face
I wish I knew your name
I wish I could take you by the hand
But if I could name it, if I could just explain it
If I could only help you, help you understand

Well I can
I can see that you're hurting
Weighed down like a beast of burden about to break your back
God only knows that you're human
So what are they trying to do then?
Believe me, they don't understand
That you have the weight of the world today
On your, It's on your back
A heavy load like that is gonna hold you back
Gonna, gonna drag you down

You know it just can't last
It just can't
You know it just can't last.

You know it just can't last
It just can't
You know it just can't last.

Well they thought they could use you
Push you down and abuse you and what's so sad
Is you've decided to hide all your feelings
Got more pain than you can deal with but ask yourself, how can this last?

I know you have the weight of the world today
It's on your back
A heavy load like that is gonna hold you back
Gonna, It's gonna drag you down

You know it just can't last
It just can't
You know it just can't last.

You know it just can't last
It just can't
You know it just can't last

You know it just can't last
It just can't
You know it just can't last

You know it just can't last
It just can't
You know it just can't last

You know it just can't last
You know it just can't
It just can't last
You know, you know, you know, you know
It just can't last
Oh but they, They don't understand
You know that they
They don't understand
You know that they
They don't understand

Build a Levee

When I was just a little girl
My mama said to me
"Beware of the the devil my child in the dark rocky places he'll keep.
Beware of the devil my child.
Beware of his charming ways.
You'll fall under an evil spell just looking at his beautiful face.
You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside."

"Don't go walking by the riverside alone in the pale moonlight
He'll come up upon you girl with no earthly body in sight
Come up upon you girl and and he'll whisper something sweet
And take you where the waters rise so high and run so deep."

"You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Build yourself a levee girl when the waters run high."

Now when I was just a little girl my mama said to me
"Beware of the the devil my child but if by chance you should meet
Beware of his cold dark eyes full of bold and unholy deceit
He'll tempt you with a whirling pool of lies
And promises he'll deny or that he will never keep."

"You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Build yourself a levee deep inside
You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Build yourself a levee girl when the waters run high."

Not in This Life

Oh lately I've been walking all alone
Through the wind and through the rain
Been walking through the streets and finding sweet relief in knowing that it won't be long

Oh lately it's occurred to me
That I've had enough of that
And lately I've been satisfied by simple things like breathing in and breathing out.

Never again, not in this life
Will I be taken twice
Never again, no never on your life
Will I make that same mistake
I can't make it twice.

Oh lately it's occurred to me
Exactly what went wrong
I realized I compromised
I sacrificed far too much for far too long

Never again, no not in this life
Will I be taken twice
No no no no
Never again, no never on your life
Will I make that same mistake
I can't make it twice
Starting out from here today
Swear I'm gonna change my way
Once mistaken in this life but never never never never twice.

Never again, no not in this life
Will I be taken twice
No no no no
Never again, no never on your life
Will I make that same mistake
Will I make it twice.
No no no no
Never again, never on your life
Will I make that same mistake
I can't make it twice.
Starting out from here today
Swear I'm gonna change my way
Starting out from here today
Swear I'm gonna change my way
Gonna change my way
Never again, no never again no never in this life
Gonna make that same mistake
Gonna make it twice.
Never again, no never again no never on your life
Gonna make that same mistake
Gonna make it twice

Golden Boy

Top of the fold
Toast of the town
Everyone stops when you come around
They hold their breath for you

Heroes are born
Idols are made
We're all fools for this factory fame
And you've got the brand new face
And you've got the brand new face
Golden boy

Beauty untamed
Stupid and wild poster boy you're society's child
Cut your teeth, cut your mouth, cut it out

Meteor rise from obscurity
All it took was a killing spree
And the whole world was lying at your feet
Golden boy, golden boy, golden boy

I know my place, stick to my lines
Stay in your shadow, don't block your light
So you can shine divine
So you can shine divine
Golden boy, golden boy, golden boy
Golden boy, golden boy, goden boy
Golden boy

I'm Not Gonna Beg

I'm not gonna beg you for nothing
I'm not gonna beg you for love.

Straight talk, give me the straight talk
Tell me what's on your mind if it ain't love
I'm not gonna beg you for nothing
I'm not gonna beg you for your love.

Scared now, what are you scared of?
Afraid I might fall on my knees and break down?
I'm not gonna beg you for nothing.
I'm not gonna beg you for your love.

Don't you think you can take me for pretty little ride
I know "once upon a time" and "ever after" is a lie
I'm not gonna beg you
I'm not gonna beg
I'm not gonna beg you for nothing at all
There's nothing I want from you, nothing you can say or do
There is nothing I want for you to say anyway.

I'm not gonna beg you for nothing
I'm not gonna beg you for your love

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