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A Singer Must Die

A Singer Must Die (vom Album: New Skin For The Old Ceremony)

Now the courtroom is quiet,

but who will confess.

Is it true you betrayed us?

The answer is yes.

Then read me the list

of the crimes that are mine,

I will ask for the mercy

that you love to decline.

And all the ladies go moist,

and the judge has no choice,

A singer must die

for the lie in his voice.

And I thank you, I thank you

for doing your duty,

You keepers of truth,

you guardians of beauty.

Your vision is right,

my vision is wrong,

Im sorry for smudging

the air with my song.

Oh, the night it is thick,

my defences are hid

In the clothes of a woman

I would like to forgive,

In the rings of her silk,

in the hinge of her thighs,

Where I have to go begging

in beautys disguise.

Oh goodnight, goodnight,

my night after night,

My night after night, after night, after night ...

I am so afraid

that I listen to you,

Your sun glassed protectors

they do that to you.

Its their ways to detain,

their ways to disgrace,

Their knee in your balls

and their fist in your face.

Yes and long live the state

by whoever its made,

Sir, I didnt see nothing,

I was just getting home late.

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