body in the basement

from deplacer by Pete Jon

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when I come home there's a body in the basement
I believe you when you say you didn't do it
and the walls are closing
and the walls are closing
and the body is the body of a friend

in the evening we remember how we knew them
I believe you when you say you're truly grieving
and the sun is going
and the walls are closing
and the body is the body of a friend

and the earth will take in all the blood we're letting
I assume the role of aiding and abetting
and the mouth is closing
and the car is running
and the body is the body of a friend

when I come home all the energy's a portent
all I think about is the body in the basement
and the mouth is foaming
and the walls are closing
and the body is the body of a friend

(crush it up and stir it in water
take it down drink it deeper
it's a firecracker gonna burn out
light it up get it hotter
let your skin turn to leather
you're a firecracker who has to burn out
cut your baby teeth on hunger
hit the nail in harder
every firecracker gotta burn out
choke it down in the smoke
chalk it up to an opening act
all bent and burnt out)

I go to sleep!
I dream these dreams!
I fear for you!
you make your words!
you cut your cords!
you stake your claim!
you speak my name!
I get no peace!

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from deplacer, released May 25, 2020

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Pete Jon Lansing, Michigan

Pete Jon is a singer-songwriter and collaborative producer in the DIY tradition.

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