City of Sunken Bells

from Young Familiar by Christians & Lions

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“I don't care where I'm from. Nor where I'm going. From hell to hell.” - Aldous Huxley


I woke up in a city of
sunken bells
Where hard souls full of hubris
Softshoe from hell to hell
Sucked the day residue
from my fingertip
but how I got here I can’t tell

I found work as a faith healer
Batting cleanup for
the local firing squad

But the luckiest of my charges
were the ones halfway to heaven
Before the devil knew they’d gone

Tried telling these people “there’s another way”
Only to hear them say
“hundreds of
deeply flawed people can’t be wrong”

My words seemed taken light
Till I was taken in the night
To see my boss

Regretted to inform me so
But he was gonna have to not let me go
And sorry for my loss

Wasn’t sure just what he meant
Till in walked my replacement
Justice blind, my welcome old
Handed me
an old blindfold


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

Ben Potrykus - Vocals, guitar, organ
Chris Mara - Drums, percussion
Chris D'Amore - Upright bass




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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