Generation Retrograde

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There’s a wasteland no picture, just words on a page
That teachers would tempt, from going insane
We gave back the ol’ gift of formidable pain
You wanted something different, you wanted me to change for you

While the speakers told of love, and how it could be made
No one told the dancers, the floor wasn’t safe.
The bar, he said nothing but his boot kicked us out
To the corner where T.S. sits, laughing about the youth.

Leave me out stranded, beaten just for good.
On these long island streets, I’d never seen before
The end of a story, that’s really just a joke
Cuz I spit back my teeth, underneath your own feet
Just for you.

I almost choked on that damn mint
With my head down counting one’s and two
She must believe in sin
Ever since I jumped down that hole with you.
It could be the different shapes of glass

That makes us pretend with what we have
Until there’s a past to flick away like ash
A new smoke seems worth the drag.


from WiSDOMTEETH, released April 25, 2013



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