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Cardboard Messiah

from Songs of Defiance by John Shields

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lyrics

What could come of a cardboard messiah?
Flip a coin, is it heads or tails?
Work every day, chip away at your shoulder
One succeeds when his brother fails

Oh please, bury me
Deep beneath the ocean
Please bury me
At sea

What words are said in a final fleeting hour?
Smokey ash scuffing up the rails
Dig with a spoon while the onlookers stare at
The piss and blood and dirt beneath your nails

Oh please, bury me
Deep beneath the ocean
Please bury me
At sea

the tv and papers are yellow news
And everything else can be misconstrued
I guess that’s true but...

All good will end and all bad will perish
Blast parade there’s fire on the floor
Stand up real tall, you’re the cardboard messiah
Avoid the rain and shuffle to the door

Oh please, bury me
Deep beneath the ocean
Please bury me
At sea

credits

from Songs of Defiance, released October 9, 2020
John: Guitars, Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals
Dwight: Drums, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Seth: Xylophone, Backing Vocals
Dylan Henry: Backing Vocals
Produced / Engineered by John Shields, Seth Howard, Dwight King
Mixed by Seth Howard, John Shields, Joshua Brown
Recorded at Temple Recording Studio
Mastered by Edsel Holden III at Red Act Studios

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