A Declaration of Truth About Love

by The Brake Lights

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They’ll never tell you why No, they’ll never give you the truth! Then they drill their alibis At the mouths of their excuses As they outline your insides Like drafting a map, or something But then you yawn under an awning waving me onwards towards collapse But if it’s a matter of things to have if it’s a matter of chemicals interacting, well then… I would rather love someone I know I’ll never have Than have someone I know I’ll never love! I’d rather be with no one Than with someone just barely good enough! I trace the paper night streets From under the waning moon hangin' above me I use its light to trace the lines in my face completely I face the paper in great defeat! As the streets, they shake me off, get up and leave! I shake the shit from off my sleeves! I shake away the sham of disbelief! Because I would rather love someone I know I’ll never have Than have someone I know I’ll never love! I’d rather be with no one Than with someone just barely good enough!
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The kids were doing jumping jacks When they uncuffed his hands from behind his back They had pegged him for another crime A crime of high degree The priest came over at Christmas time Cops still question the alibi He said "do what's right, do the time" Rolling joints by the Christmas tree My brother the teacher Burns a flag at half past noon He's drinking with the preacher Who'll be his sponsor in rehab soon Just another son of concrete Burdened by abstract views We used to have so much more real fun Dropping acid and sniffing glue Some kids, they got some spraypaint Swastikas under the bridge Over the rainbow we cross for work It's where we played as kids It made the local paper Yeah, they made their dividends Now they're speeding down the highway Out past where the yellow brick road ends The river's up for sale It's where they store the nuclear waste You can barely notice The difference in how the water tastes Just wear this gas mask if you're playing out in the sun Don't ask my why we're paying for what it is they make us become Dropping acid and sniffing glue... We used to have so much more real fun! The policeman's on his rounds again Bustin' fare-jumpers on the road to redemption There's a new prison up the road now They got a killer tax exemption There's a new prison up the road now They specialize in preemptive detention One day we'll get our settlement We may just get our pension Maybe if we just keep begging We'll see that settlement And if we ever reach our retirement We'll get our golden pension For a time that's worth forgetting You can't win when you're only guessing What's to learn when there is no lesson?

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released April 20, 2020

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The Brake Lights Brattleboro, Vermont

The Brake Lights is a high ABV rock and roll concoction brewed by composer Jason Eric Jensen in the hills of Vermont, USA.

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