American Beauty (feat. Garrett Russell)

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American Beauty *1

We are the bastard sons of your all consuming greed
The product of your selfish deeds
Trading something real for something hollow
You learned to shut up and follow
Running toward the life you were sold
You've left us here to die alone
In the wake of the lies you've told
You have left broken, shattered homes.

You turned your back
When we needed you the most
This is the life, the path you chose

The ingenuity of our existence
Justifies our persistence
While striving for your own achievement
You leave nothing but bereavement

What is this life you seek
For the pride you keep
In the things you own
Unknown Idols carved in stone
Seeking nothing more than sights and sounds *2
Your hopelessness resounds
But the choices you make
Effect more than the smiles you fake
In the wake of your reification *3
It's our lives you take
But we've seen past the fraudulence
That you've shrouded in opulence *4
In the wake of the life you led
You left us for dead
Now we will see
The end of your greed

Look to the skies *5
Unlearn the lies
These bodies are meant for the grave

Look in her eyes
Watch as she dies
And realize that you bare the shame.

*1 A reference to the movie by the same name.
*2 from Plato's critique of the theater "lovers of sights and sounds"-the human condition
*3 from Marxist philosophy. The turning of people into objects and giving objects the status of exceeding importance
*4 My first serious exposure to this word "opulence" was during my reading of Herbert Marcuse's seminal work "One-Dimentional man". However, in my application of this word, where Marcuse means to suggest that the "opulence" of modern society creates a mode of Total Administration that repressive the desire for revolution, I intend to suggest that our opulence is a byproduct not of modern society, but of the human condition in general that, in this case, dismantles the family unit.
*5 The Devil Wears Prada


from Madman EP, released May 21, 2016



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