Failed States

by Peter Maybarduk

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All of the lies that light our world
Are yours for the taking
In the land where nothing works.
Like losing our home
At low market worth.

Until we accede
To the ire of the thieves
I may ask you to come over
I may ask you not to leave.
I may ask you to come over
I may ask you not to leave.

And the failed states we’re in
Leave no means to mend
The withered silhouettes
Like whispers of dissent
For these failed states we’re in.

Well I’m older it seems
Than yesterday.
And it will not feel long
‘til I’m gray and for the grave.

So I work to make a mark
But I think it’s just a waste
I may ask you to come over
I may ask you if you’d stay.
I may ask you to come over
I may ask you if you’d stay.

Into the laws of low
Hollow events unfold
Until the water slows ...

And the failed states we’re in
Leave no means to end.
Our wills bend
Like whispers of dissent
For these failed states we’re in.

Pleasing new shapes of our deceit
Take from the commons
Save the ire of the thieves.
And all is still
‘til we fall to the sea
All is still
‘til the quake beneath
And all we can do is make meaning.

I may ask you to come over
I may ask you not to leave.
I may ask you to come over
I may ask you not to leave.

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released February 11, 2018
Written and performed by Peter Maybarduk

Produced, recorded and mixed by J. Robbins at the Magpie Cage in Baltimore, MD

Cellos by Gordon Withers

Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio, Cornwall, NY; www.srmastering.com

Art by Daumantas Kazdails and Vygantas Vėjas, Vilnius, Lithuania; design@daumantas.eu

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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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