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What is this frightened air between us
What is the question posed
What is this violence I sense lurking [alt:creeping]
What is your secret code
I wanna know

Why are the pipers crawling towards us
What are we meant to show
Why are you smiling daggers at me
What do you have that's mine to hold
Its a song I sing
Its a song I sing

I pull into the town
Smoke rings around the square
Im tearing the ground
There is a place you'll [Alt: shell] explode
Im getting close
To an answer to my question
To my small notions of Rome

[Where does the ______ [d]ream?] you follow
Why are we laying low
Why must the cannons reap for nothing
Why must the depths of hell be neatly sown
I have to know

Why are the crows crowing boldly
How far must their uplinking go
Why are the unknown known arising
What is the unknown known to your lost soul
Ive got to know

I raced from the town bleeding like some kind of bitch
Im down on my knees digging a new kind of ditch
Braced it with pretty words
But no answers to my question
To my small notions of Rome
Its a song I sing
Its a song I sing

I volunteer, to let me commandeer
The last frontiers from your faith
A gentle wish must float upstream
Why must hope kick like a sweet dream

What is this blood you drink like wine for
Are your nights worth breaking in
Why [does/ Alt: in] the face of Death [Alt: do] you curtsy
When he comes to tuck you in
Its a song I sing
Its a song I sing
Its a song I sing

What are we fighting for
The spoils would end this war
What are these sores you lick like ice cream

You hide the ash
You ride the past [Alt: You hide the past]
What is the black bracelet for?
Its the song I sing
Its the song I sing
Its the song I sing

[Alternate version:
I keep telling you,
I keep telling you,
I keep telling you,
I dont want this song

I keep telling you,
I keep telling you,
I keep telling you,
I dont want this song
Its the song I sing]

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