Lyrics

 

Refugee's Plea (Jungle Prayer)

They came in the night with guns
and they chased my future away
They dogged my freedom down and slaughtered it
in the center of town
For all my neighbors to come and see
it could happen to them if to me.
And they gathered us all together,
terrified and strangely alone

Oh you can send me away
Let my children stay
There aint no home back home anyway

We couldn't gather what we didn't have
so we left with empty hands
greasing palms in the filthiest ways
to feed my children and sleep them safe
Lifted my infant up over the wire
and lost her into hungry arms
I'll never sleep right again
and my baby's gone

Oh you can send me away
Let my children stay
There aint no home back home anyway

I'll work for as much as you pay me
but my accent says that aint that much.
Why do you hate me for living among you
when you were born to live amidst so much
Have you ever been chased from your home
leaving neighbors there to die alone
in the hopes that you might find
a place to hide your child

Have you given of yourself everything
so somebody can keep themselves?
Have you been born into a childhood far too short?
An adulthood that feels like hell?
Have you listened to the murderers out in the street
and thought, "it's better if tomorrow don't come"?
Allah be praised you've never risked all that I've risked
but don't you see why I can't go back home?

It's violence that I'm fleeing
Aint violence that I bring
Why do you tremble at my sad religion
It's done you no more harm than yours has done to me
And it's true that I cover my face when I'm out
Out of respect for him that stands above
How can loving God be evil?
Don't you know God is love?

Oh you can send me away
Let my children stay
There aint no home back home anyway
Oh you can send me away
Let my children stay
There aint no home back home anyway
Oh you can send me away
Let my children stay


Anger of Magdelene (Ain't No Future Workin' 9-5)

Aint no future working 9-5
minimum wage in a dead-end job.

30 at 15, pregnant at 16
high school dropout could have been the prom queen
momma's got meth teeth, daddy's always thirsty
gotta do something, working at the Mickey Dees
Boss gets handy says he's gonna save me
Payday's Friday, and I need a little money cause there

Aint no future working 9-5
minimum wage in a dead-end job.
Aint no future being no one's fool
Standing up straight, and following rules.

Check seems light now, car done broke down
Can't afford to fix it, gotta get a bus downtown
keeping my probation up, pissing in a dixie cup
officer leers at me, asks me, "honey, what's up?"
Here we go again it seems, hands are in-between my knees
Looks at me, reminds me nobody believes me, and there

Aint no future working 9-5
minimum wage in a dead-end job.
Aint no future being no one's fool
Standing up straight, and following rules.

Heading to the pawn shop, thinking about that damn cop
I want something light and sexy, big enough to make him stop
Feels good on my hip, and better in my hands
Out to the back and doing what I planned
Six rounds later, and one done gone
Two more stops to make then this day is done

Aint no future working 9-5
minimum wage in a dead-end job.
Aint no future being no one's fool
Standing up straight, and following rules.

Goin back to the piss stop, finding that probation cop
Show's about to start, honey, go on take that jacket off
Trigger slides good, shooting like it should
Cop drops, demons say, "welcome to the neighborhood."
One more stop to make then my body can rest
Beating feet into the street, aint got time to get arrested.

Aint no future working 9-5
minimum wage in a dead-end job.
Aint no future being no one's fool
Standing up straight, and following rules.

Pull into the drive-thru asking for some cheap food
Stacy brings it to the window, tell her that it's no good
Make a big scene, calling out his name
Demand to see the manager, nothing's gonna be the same
The barrel come up and that shit-eating grin
Blew three miles wide, honey.

Aint no future working 9-5
minimum wage in a dead-end job.
Aint no future being no one's fool
Standing up straight, and following rules.



One Town Over

Everybody knows that growing up sucks
Noone ever said you had to hate it so much
You ran from yourself and you ran from me
You ran from your home and from your family
And the last time I saw you there was nothing to say
You moved one town over, and a lifetime away

A last look over your shoulder with them heroine eyes
The alley is a church, you kneel, try and get by
This whole town judged you like it done before
The homecoming queen was now a druggie whore
And even if you came to visit there’d be nothing to say
You moved one town over, one decision away

And I know I judged you,
and I had no place to,
When I didn’t help you.
And I don’t blame you.
Things you did, it made you.
And I don’t hate you.

Everybody knows that being wrong aint hard
It’s saying it aloud that aint the easy part.
I stand at this microphone confess I’ve wronged
Call me sometime if you hear this song
Cause there’s a lifetime between us now and nothing’s changed.
I still remember you given name.
You’ve got children in the next town, and I hear they play
I’m just one town over, and forgiveness away

One town over. One town over. One town over. One town over.


Like Father

Oh my child. Don’t you think that’s what I’d ask of you.
I know you are afraid and I feel it too.
I won’t tell you to chin up, won’t tell you to buckle down.
Daddy knows the battle with the beasts.

The war it’s been raging, oh since long before you were born.
Lord knows I tried to kill them all with drink
Then I’d wake up every day Seeing everything’s the same
And still have to rouse myself and do battle with the beasts

The beasts come on you quiet as the grave while you’re speaking.
They whisper all those doubts into the places where you fear.
And they steal your joys away, and make it harder every day
To stand up to, and do battle with, the beasts

I showed your mother all the demons that I kept inside.
She could by rights have run but she stayed.
And she gave me to you and she gave you to me,
And said, “get out there, and do battle with the beasts.”

So many times like you I have thought I’d let it pass away
Not fighting it seems easier that to stand again
Though your spirit aches to fade, and you feel hollow every day
I’m begging you do battle with the beasts

I doubt you recall there was a time when you were almost three
The demons they had brought me to my knees
I could feel my watch was through, and there was nothing left to do
But lie down and wait there for the beasts

And you found me and you smiled and you called me by our secret name
You held my hand in yours and you banished them
Though I was a man grown, and to you demons unknown,
You taught me how to battle with the beasts

So I know you’ve got the strength to walk yourself out of this rocky place
I know you hear them waiting for you just outside that door
But put your hand in mine, and I’ll fight by your side
And together we’ll do battle with these beasts.