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I turned my mouth down
so you could take me serious.
I ain’t no fun now.
My face is stale like bread.
These words became sounds:
destructive and imperious.
Wiping out small towns
and you’ll hear them all again.

How do I stop?
How do I turn my lights off?

I’ll run like hell soon.
My shadow will chase me away.
New jobs and bedrooms
and I’ll find something about them to hate.
This ain’t no mystery.
The answer’s stamped on the back of my brain,
but someone will kiss me
and I’ll cover it up with masking tape.

I’ll say it for you:
break all their kneecaps and close all your shirt-snaps
and for you.
I’ll say it for you:
Cry when the streets flood and laugh at your blood.


from proto​-​neon, released September 23, 2016
Written by Frank McGinnis, Samantha Niss, and Adam Stoutenburgh. Orginially on the By Land or Sea album "Hell Broke Loose" (2010)



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