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I was named while I slept
so consider it void.
I was a self-loathing fighter,
a good American boy

But don't bother telling me
nothing, I've grown
all feral and forgetful,
full of hot, fitful hopes

I think it started in school;
they taught me ignorance of privilege,
we were a nation at war
that didn't seem to know the difference

But when I heard them talk like battles
could be 'won,' I'd laugh,
"You don't actually expect me
to believe shit like that?"

From then on no classroom
was gonna cage my resentment
i could cast my aspersions
or shoulder burdens/withhold judgement

I saw messiahs, pariahs,
greedslayers, and scabs
but I couldn't come home
till I'd learned how to grab

So I grasped that the Promised Land
is too often promised
by men who would seek, then steal,
then hold office

and that nothing is ever
gonna get very far
till we smother the Old Guard
and put no one in charge

And that until our skulls part
like some flower in bloom
we will rush to get a part
of what power and doom

we can muster
it must be enough, enough
or we're fucked--it's disgusting
but all we know of love.


from Young Familiar, released October 4, 2019
Melody and lyrics by Ben Potrykus

Ben Potrykus - Vocals, guitar, banjo, singing saw
Chris Mara - Drums, percussion
Chris D'Amore - Upright bass
James Weinberg - Accordion
Sara Honeywell - Trombone
Chris Barrett - Trumpet
Miriam Lee - Viola




Christians & Lions Providence, Rhode Island

A "veritable underdog super group" (TheDig) formed in 2004. Ben Potrykus (Bent Shapes, Receiving End of Sirens, etc), Matt Sisto, Chris Mara, and Chris Barrett are joined by Fiona Wood, Chris D'Amore, James Weinberg, and Sara Honeywell.

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