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We're Not Coming for You

Hope There's a Hell

Doors to Here

False Flag

Let Me Down

Surrender, Dorothy NEW

Quiet Lions

So Far So Long

Line on a Map

Hissing Heart

Deeper Still

The Faithful Hand

All the Ghosts Gather

Mrs. Jones

We're Not Coming for You

by Michael Channing

we've followed your history
we're well aware of your cause
anyone's a criminal
if you make enough laws
the government will co-op and corrupt every word you said
who put that idea in your head

we're not coming for you
we're not coming for you
we're not coming for you
we're already here


you are infected
with a disease called doubt
we'll find the virus
we'll burn it out
we'll separate you from the rest so your sickness doesn't spread
we'll pull the devils from your head

we're not coming for you
we're not coming for you
we're not coming for you
we're already here

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Hope There’s a Hell

by Michael Channing

you took every thing
and filled me with you
and all that you are
is a gaping hole
my eyes fell away
like fish in a cave
you taught me
to see with my bones

i
don’t
believe
in heaven
but i know there is death
i don’t think there’s a savior
but i hope there’s a hell


it was nice to be lonely
it felt good to be cold
my friends were the darkness
and the wind in the walls
’cause down in the black
i lost track of my hands
you always reminded
me where they should be

i
don’t
believe
in heaven
but i know there is death
i don’t think there’s a savior
but i hope there’s a hell


i don’t remember
the last time i cried
hard to feel anything
when there’s nothing inside
and the nothing without
matches the void within
it’s hard to believe
there’s more than this skin
but maybe that’s what
you were trying to teach me
so i refuse
you didn’t reach me

i hope there’s a heaven
a balanced equation
i know there’s a satan
’cause i’ve been through hell
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Doors to Here

by Michael Channing

they give you new sugar
they give you bright noise
they give you redeemable coupons

they give you quick shortcuts
they give you fast lanes
they give you short leashes

you have nothing to fear
but what you need


they give you easy answers
they give you new toys
they give you conditioned air

they give you black mirrors
they give you blank keys
they give you doors to here

you have nothing to fear
but what you need


you ask for food
they give you crumbs
you ask for light and they blind your eyes
you ask for hope
they give you tv
you ask for love and they give you love songs
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False Flag

by Michael Channing

there is no american dream
the dreamers have all been shot
there is no american promise
the goods have all been got
there is no american spirit
the buffalo have all been bought

get yourself a flag
your neighbors will approve
wrap that flag around your heart until it doesn't move


this is the american way
the others are always in it
this is the american life
for anyone lucky to win it
this is the american soul
and an ocean of bleach to cleanse it

get yourself a flag
the data will approve
wrap that flag around your child until it doesn't move


here is your american home
and all the guns you can eat
here is your american god
wrapped in a plain white sheet
here is your american song
lock step and repeat

get yourself a flag
the devil will approve
wrap that flag around your neck until you cannot move

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Let Me Down

by Michael Channing

i’ve listened to mumblings
of deeply-felt nothings
i’ve pondered the meanings of t-shirt slogans
plucked at the thread from the carpet
unraveling that leads from the room
where futures are bartered
i remember the dreaming
but never the dreams
i cast up to heaven
on twilighted evenings
always believing that each would come true

this world let me down
these bones let me down
this skin and these hands
and this motion i am
let me down


i remember the weaving
the frankenstein scheming
the monsters recruited to serve as my guardians
the fence i erected
the walls that i mortared
were broken and toppled
and i was left open
the light in the tunnel
was a florescent cubicle
i thought i heard someone
escape down the hallway
i followed the echoes but the someone was gone

this world let me down
these bones let me down
this skin and these hands
and this motion i am
let me down

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Surrender, Dorothy

by Michael Channing

there’s plenty to do so come back to us girl
take your pretty head out of the clouds
chickens are roosting cattle are calling
the apples are falling to the ground

surrender, dorothy
this is the rainbow’s end
it circles round the underside
back to where it begins
and you haven’t the courage
the brains or the heart
to leave your home


raise your hand like a little white flag
shield your eyes from the blinding sun
tell us where we can find you
lower your gaze when a stranger comes

surrender, dorothy
this is the rainbow’s end
it circles round the underside
back to where it begins
and your haven’t the courage
the brains or the heart
to leave your home

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We're Not Coming for You - July 12, 2019

Hope There's a Hell - July 19, 2019

Doors to Here - July 26, 2019

False Flag - August 2, 2019

Let Me Down - August 9, 2019

Surrender, Dorothy - August 16, 2019

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