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The Low Road

from Culture of Self by Dan Jacob Wallace



i don’t mean to profit off of other people’s pain
i’ve been here for so many years
attempting to forget her name
i don’t mean to benefit from others’ misery
i’ve been here for 10,000 years
attempting to regain my strength

oh, it’s hard to be so cold

we don’t like to ride the high of other people’s pride
we’ve been here for too many years
pretending to have our own lives
we don’t wish to get so rich off honest people’s sins
we’ve been here for 10,000 years
not doing but witnessing

oh, it’s hard to grow old
even though we chose the low road
won’t be long before we don’t belong

is it wrong just to stay here?
just to be here? just to breathe here?
oh, we don’t care if we’re right or if we are wrong
even though we can’t deny it, somehow we will justify it
it’s the way we chose to go through life

we don’t care if we stay here
if we leave here, if we stay here
oh, we don’t care if we win or if we sin
if we win, if we sin, no…
one day we’ll have our own holy place


from Culture of Self, released June 10, 2007


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