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A Short About A Guy That Dies Everynight

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lyrics

I heard some lucky guys live a hundred lives
I wake up with a stomach full of half-dead butterflies
I’m full of dread for the fade to the evening
as each night fall brings the blades of the guillotine
some nights struck down, trying to stand on my power
most nights on my belly playing dead like a coward
with eyes shut tight, no muscle flexes frozen
don’t speak to eek out a couple extra moments
I’m trying to slow my vitals, doing silent breathing
Its the life of a offbeat show during pilot season
execs wanna see who can cancel me the most
so fast I never get the chance to be a ghost
the lifespan of a housefly
trade it for a eon in the sand with my mouth dry
Give me torture
Give me terrible marching orders
Give me dirty water
Give me anything except shorter

gunned down when its sundown
murdered in cold blood every day
yet dumb hope juice springs eternal like it don’t know
I’m bout to be gunned down when its sundown
bout to be choked out by the night
If I could just live for more than one day I might be gold

I’m hoping one day that my carcass is hard boiled
I’m stuck in the cycle of a cartoon gargoyle
And if I live to be a hundred and one days old
I grow straight up to the sun and get charbroiled
But maybe ever lasting life is a curse though
eternity is drama, making life the commercial
but no 30 second advert has enough build
with all the night vision camera footage as a snuff film
Crush, kill, cycle of a sun is build, destroy
I fell on so many swords my stomach’s got a keloid
I’ve died on the phone
I’ve died over email
I’ve died in the silence where the limbs of a tree fell
And lived for a brief spell to lose consciousness
in the middle of a grief yell
waking in a deep well
to start it all over when the pendulum drifts switch
which two gods birthed this to begin with?

gunned down when its sundown
murdered in cold blood every day
yet dumb hope juice springs eternal like it don’t know
I’m bout to be gunned down when its sundown
bout to be choked out by the night
If I could just live for more than one day I might be gold

Died every day like enemies in power rangers
up against a homicidal flower strangler
I even heard of some growing in the upper room
its real fucked up to sit and have to watch the others bloom
born on the train to auschwitz berkineau
groundhog’s day every night ends in murder tho

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from Hella Personal Film Festival, released March 25, 2016

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