Starless in Gaza [song lyric]

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When you take the burdens of the world on your shoulders it’s difficult to feel like anything other than leaves falling as tears to the barren earth. Then all treachery and betrayal blends into one…

 

I’m bored and lonely said the voice
It came from my own head
I couldn’t hear a word at all
But I made out what it said

It spoke of dreams – abandoned hope
And memories lost in time
A fragile ego breaks in two
Its libido on the line.

There’s heaven here, it went on
And even hell to pay
If you step down from your high place
And join them in the fray

And it’s all so unchanging
And it begs the answer “why?”
And it’s all set in granite
With no stars in the sky

Why are they so stupid?
So good at making war?
When making love with every cell
Would surely make much more

Ashamed to be called human
Ashamed to live in this world
When I see the things it’s proud of
And its banner is unfurled

They claim to be so moral
To walk on ground so high
Then they kill so many children
Which they justify with lies

If I thought it would improve things
I would take my life today
And throw it to the baying hounds
So that all those kids could play

And it’s all so unchanging
And it begs the answer “why?”
And it’s all set in granite
With no stars in the sky

My mother never told me
The filth that I would see
When she held me to her bosom
And rocked me on her knee

She knew the light was blinding
So she turned a blinded eye
To all the imperfection
And the wells of love so dry

The fullness of corruption
Which mothers can’t admit
Because they’re so preoccupied
With other kinds of shit

Becoming so bedazzled
Denying what’s so clear
Collaborators they become
Acclimatised to fear

And it’s all so unchanging
And it begs the answer “why?”
And it’s all set in granite
With no stars in the sky

Unable to protect us
From criminals and queens
They lay the rules upon the ground
For predators unseen

When rulers are before me
Their smiles (a shiny sore)
Chameleons like you they are
And architects of war

And when you strode into me
With your beauty shining free
I sensed that hole beneath me
A black and threatening sea

You spoke with knifed tongue to me
And cut into my soul
Depriving me of arteries
And failing to console

There’s treason in the foyer
Betrayal in the hall
But all the love I had from you
Has ached more than it all

And it’s all so unchanging
And it begs the answer “why?”
And it’s all set in granite
With no stars in the sky

 

© 2010, Alan Morrison

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