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The Excess of Empire
It’s four in the morning the streets are all empty
The multitudes lie dead asleep
In a few short hours bells will toll in towers
And a drop of blood will appear in the sky
Waking up to television
Politicians offering solutions deceptive in their design
No one takes responsibility into their own hands
Instead it’s all blamed away
Everyone wants a better life without the trouble or strife
Forget about sacrifice
Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you
An eye for an eye has made us all blind.
The Jews hate the Muslims and the Muslims hate the Jews
And the Christians think they’ve got the news.
Modern day Pharisees who go through the motions
And tell everyone what Christ would do.
Meanwhile a church spire reaches up to the sky
While a hand reaches down for a crumb.
A group of homeless people lie asleep on cathedral steps
Bracing for another winter of cold.
Bring me your tired and hungry
Is now just a memory
Whatever happened to compassion?
Still everyone wants a better life without the trouble or strife
Forget about sacrifice…..
It’s a nation of excess that never takes a recess
Everything’s always on the move
Everyone’s got their idea of good government
And what we’re suppose to do
With an emphasis on economics
Trading against clean air and water
And in the long run who’s going to lose?
Dumping toxins into oceans and destroying pristine forests
Oh do we really understand?
Because all of this means, we want more jobs
And create them for us
Give us something for nothing you politicians can do it
We’ve given you our trust
Who sees through all this madness does anybody really understand
Are we ready to make sacrifices?
I don’t think so……….
Gary Davenport—vocal, acoustic guitar
James Sidlo—ebow, electric guitar, loops
Val Cronk—acoustic guitar
Kevin Lewis--- bass guitar
Raul Garcia--- drums
Edit Point Studios summer 2000
Krazy Kat Studio summer 1996