Our Beautiful Fucked Up City

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Oh lord, if I was a painter/ I would paint this town again/ And I would mix up all the colors/ So I could be with all my friends/ We were young and it was easy/ We didn’t know to feel ashamed/ Then we learned about the past and it got so hard to feel the same

When the stories and the myths become simply what is front of your eyes/ Entwined with your heart and under your fingers/ The goal here is not to change but to understand/ Not to talk but to listen/ Can I say that one more time?/ To listen, God damn it/ We need to listen to each other/ When I see him on the T.V., talking about his dead friend, son, brother, sister, uncle, person he loved, it breaks my heart because no one here knows/ No one knows the pain, the anger, the fear, the rage/ The ways the separate ourselves, the lines we draw/ White, blue, red/ Red lines so now that when I take the red line south I see the colors change like on a vine through the seasons/ The wrigley field ivy/ The neighbor downstairs smoking weed and the conversation upstairs about how the time is now and the fruit ripe, and all we have to do is pluck it off the vine and taste the sweet relief/ So that when I take the red line south, now all I see is a rainbow, and not a poisonous vine, living and dying in the drastic dangerous seasons we call neighborhoods in this beautiful fucked up city


from 2013 Was A Bad Year, released January 25, 2016
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