the house that hatred built

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i am a chicken, my name is Matthew
i've been one my entire life.
i live with the dread of a looming slaughter
i know not when it will come
i keep my wings tucked and don't make a peep,
so maybe then they'll leave me alone

but I guess I was wrong
i lived in this cage and died the same
was it living at all?

i am an elephant, my name is Michael
i've been one my entire life.
i roam with the fear of the ring and the whip
a fear I can taste on my tongue
i try to tread light and bury my head
so my tusks don't fabricate threats

but I guess it was for naught
i lived in the ring under law of the whip
was it living at all?

some shots to the head some blows to the nose
round and round and round and round I go
string me up or beat me down
pluck my feathers run me out of town
who's the animal now?

oh god I just wanna live.
oh god I just wanna live my life the way it's meant to be.


from what remains, released June 23, 2015



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