Better Than Death

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I saw God
Destitute, dragging out His lambs
Said “no one
will get another ticket to…”
It felt wrong,
But I stayed in clear view
And I reached out
My hand
My hands, and…

I saw God
I saw Man
I sold out
But no one knows how to sell a story these days

I was crowned
On my knees
Shouting, but not praying for
A new set of teeth
Or a way to forget
What I’ve never had
It’s always harder
When you know
you’re dying

I found god
he confounded me
In my own fog
Behind the trailer park
In ransom town
Where I owed him faith
And, instead, I let him pay

I always walk myself away…

Empty of the vacancy that we looked to
To reassure us that where we come from
Isn’t really ever where we belong
We don’t need a room
Or cell
To know that the door leads
To hell
I wanted you to run from them
Scroll out our tracks,
Then scratch them out, and
fall into time
like snow
or freeze in the clouds
though I’m
dead already
been fed
already falling
and crawling
back to my bed, in my
Father’s back house
Streetlights bleed down
Under my tears
Searing the ground
That’s how
You know
That I’m home

Honey, you are home

I just wanted to tell you
Before I forget
Welcome home


from Better Than Death, released July 15, 2016
Harry Gilboa - Vocals and Lyrics

Franky Kohn - Lead Guitar, Back-Up Vocals

Michael Aboutboul - Bass Guitar

Ben Stackel - Drums

Thea Phillips - Artwork

Drew Minnoch - Recording For Back-Up Vocals

Mixed by Franky Kohn



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