I think I wrote this in 2000, at the age of 20 or so.

You can read my overwrought breakdown of each line as re-examined in 2012 over at my blog: rljd.tumblr.com/post/24116262256/the-whole-album-feels-like-a-terrible-person-is-being


"I can't make another piece of art that glorified bloodshed, violence and brutality"

"What I need is someone like you, who likes to listen to a man like me!"

Hellllld captive like
Narcissus; living through gauntlets of artifice
Dauntless but I don't want this, I want no part of this
Action. Distraction, sleight of hand, magic
The world I want to live in is kind of fantastic
Unrealistic, perhaps, idealistic certainly
I need peace for me, I feel it with urgency
Even from my vantage point, I believe it pertinent
To express distaste for violence and punishments
Permanent improvements will never be achieved by treating symptoms
There are better methods than cruelty to avoid being victims
It's time for beating systems, instead of horse carcasses
None of us wants to admit what a powerful force darkness is
Inverted Narcissists, misunderstanding our affections
Unable to direct them towards our own reflections
Festering infections turn us against their symbiotic kin
Scared of our skins and so-called erotic sins
Nothing but neurotic robot slaves on the worst of days
Might as well go for a soda, much as it hurts to say
Complicating for simplicity's sake, with pullies and ropes
Mother, you children go to school to deal with bullies and dope
And that's the way it always has been, don't believe the
Retrospective hype, little good comes from memories of the selective type
I used to think that left was right, but now I think I see past it
And I'd rather move politically on the Y or Z axis
To be precise - I'm a pacifist, against bloodshed and wars and
While I'm pro-choice, I can't say I'm pro abortion
Pro liberty, pro fidelity and I support pornography
I don't believe in national identity - I am not geography
I completely support alternative and ambigous sexuality
But I don't believe in gay rights because law is not reality
No political body has the authority to determine the validity
Of your inner self, lifestyle, favoured fetish or proclivities
So stick to your activities - give a cry of "Fuck the man!" and fuck a man
It's better than a rainbow bumper sticker on your truck or van
In the end, all you need is your own damn self to qualify
There's no God to forgive you, but it can't hurt to apologise
But then again, what have you got to be found guilty of?
Vanity? Avarice? Cruelty? Or conventionally filthy love?
Nobody's perfect, all we can do is our personal best
And in the end, no individual is really worse than the next
Perversion is bliss, and ignorance an overrated attribute
Ask Knowself about the preoccupying need to pray to absolutes




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