Discontents

by Peter Maybarduk

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Under the red lights you speak a word for human rights
And change cannot prevent our discontent.
We flourish, we fail, we fall into the lights, the jails, the channels too.
And all along the canal, the lantern lights singled out
And though we don’t believe, be with me beautiful, be with me.

I hear a voice from the depths ask, “Have you ever been in love?”
Oh God, oh yes. And all the years as they pass
I love people more and like them less.

Van Gogh’s colored nights remind you of Soviet times.
Will we ever find? A respite.
We flourish, we fail, we fall into the rights, details, the killing room.
We’re the discontents of almost all events
And though there’s no reprieve, be with me beautiful, be with me.

I hear a voice in my head ask “Have you ever been in love?”
Oh God, oh yes. And all the years as they pass
I love people more and like them less.

Has it ever occurred to the men who live on words
A suicide is everyone’s fault?
We drive the different to the mind of no return
And it’s mostly our loss when they fall.

We drive the different, hey-ai! We drive the different; you and I.
We drive the different, hey-ai! We drive the different; you and I.

I love people more and like them less.

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released April 20, 2018
Written and performed by Peter Maybarduk
Produced by J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage, Baltimore, MD
Cellos by Kate Rears Burgman
Choral vocals by Shawna Potter and Kate Rears Burgman
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio
Art by Daumantas Kazdailis

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Peter Maybarduk Washington, D.C.

Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter and a human rights lawyer with Public Citizen.

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