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In the Unemployment Line

from When the Capital Fell by John Donovan

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well there goes John
bursting from the station
wrapped up in revelations in the unemployment line
singing tired are the eyes
of history on us
the mystery's gone, there are no more hills to climb
and there are no more thrones to fight for
there are no more bones to bite for
dark matter ignites and throws our brains into the past
and we plan for the worst case
and we're damned since the first day
justice may come but it will probably come last

crazy buck is in the market
lady luck is in a rocket
all the snakes of saint Patrick started a parade downtown
won't you jump in my car?
i'll have you back in an hour
the whole future lost its power and everything's about to go down
if death is a doorway
can i avoid it one more day?
i'm filling up my bunker with all the things that money can't buy
also i picked up some extra toothpaste
some pills for my headaches
then i saw a lady in the parking lot, she was curled over crying

it's three in the morning
almost everyone is sleeping
and the angels are weeping for just one more try
but pale are the pages
of the following ages
pale are the rings of the atoms in your eyes
after the rift
after the apocalypse
the ghosts will ask us "hey can't i just haunt you one last time?"
and we got nothing to tell em
so we don't tell em nothing
we just slide through infinity in the unemployment line


from When the Capital Fell, released April 10, 2020


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