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The Lowell Curse

by Native MODE

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(My scowl remains) There's never enough room That's just the way it goes I'm fine with the cynical life I'm not just wasting my time I just can't stand the stolid, mindless, feeble sheep I tune them out with sleep I keep them quite a distance away And thank my stars each day That there's someone in this world who has a brain It's just full of disdain From all the counted years Of the straight and narrow chosen And the door to my heart slow closing I keep you all at bay with a vulgar face And callousness in place Of softness of the heart It's a dark long road I've chosen Its direction has long been frozen The state I'm in could shatter lesser men But that's not your concern Like you could even relate to someone half as good as me And that's the path I've chosen And the truth in my heart unspoken I sleep it all away with a vulgar face The slow and sluggish pace antagonizes I never get the rest I seem to crave There's never enough room (My scowl remains) Yeah that's just the way it goes I'll be fine with the cynical life It's not a waste of my time I just remind myself that I'm all that I have And it's good to be this mad It keeps the filthy rabble away Protects me from decay And assists me in example day to day (My scowl remains) There's never enough room
I'm the courageous type I'm not the kind to fuck around Most of my time is spent cleaning Everyone's mess up off the ground Why other people don't clean, oh I don't know Why the mess is even there, oh I don't know Wasting all my time Why common sense is so scarce, oh I don't know Why no one ever seems to care, oh I don't know Everyone must truly be so blind Breaking my back every day digging Deep ditches in the ground Why is the work so thankless, I don't know Is there an end to this madness, I don't know Why am I just wasting all my time How did I end up this way, oh I don't know Why do I get up each day, oh I don't know Caging me inside I've got a notion that something stinks I've got a thought that something reeks Is it the hole I'm standing in? I'll clear my thoughts I'll have a drink I don't know what my soul would seek That's why I prefer to sleep
Every day is like a punch in the mouth Or in the crotch It always starts the same I'll assign some blame and it's rebuffed each time Everyone had better step up and account for their time If it's spent harder than mine But we all know that's a lie So keep it quiet and remember who's consistently right All right? Efforts earn a wasted gain And every day just feels the same I'll just wait in squalor I will kick and holler and I'll watch it burn to the ground As I shout out loud Seasons come and seasons go Down to the very last second I know I can't trust anyone to do the things I know need to be done and so I don't I get it done alone Reasons come and reasons go To endure the facade To play along with the show I just keep on digging down into the unforgiving ground and fling it high Up towards the sky
My older brother's visiting for a week or so His life is spent relaxing and, oh I just don't know And I refuse to hide my sneer At his shameless ways Such a gross display He's always been so lazy He says I should be happy I guess he's got it all figured out Living day to day I'm so sick of it I try explaining to him that working hard is the way to go But he just sits and shrugs like, like he just don't care or know And I just turn and shake my head As I look away So despicable I'm just sick of the smiling Always with the excuses I always hate seeing him like a rat or parasite
Opal Rescue 03:38
I've worked my whole damn life in service of a principle To stay strong, work hard, be earnest Every single minute It feels like several hours Weighs right down on me I feel it grind And the deterioration That rotten sensation is what I feel above all Yeah so expect a new mouth to feed I'm sure you'll dig that Slow flowing feeling prevents me from healing No I won't heal at all But as it approaches Seems like it's stealing that rotten feeling from deep inside my mind And then one moment I find it's missing The abrasive hissing from deep inside my mind I've worked my whole damn life in service of a principle But instead I became calloused To the warm embraces Indefinite places inhabited by all In the depth of kindness I begin to fall When you're expecting more than you're getting That's hardly living, that's not living at all


released October 9, 2012

Recorded by Native MODE in The Secret Room
Mastered by Todd Tobias at Waterloo Sound Recording


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