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Meditation on San Francisco no. 17

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you came to the city like a virus
you hid your weapons in open hands
you left us crying under the cypress
the lonely last of our clan

everything is shiny and new
they built it all up just for you
they bought a choir of angels to sing
welcome to the new kings

i can’t count the people i lost
before i ever found the camps south of bernal
i never needed anyone to point out the cost
i just needed people i knew i could turn to

everything is shiny and new
they built it all up just for you
they bought a choir of angels to sing
welcome to the new kings

i spent so many years just trying to get by
that i forgot there’s more to life than just breathing
oh, but love has opened my eyes
and now i want it all, i want my life and my freedom
see, the woman who shares my bed
she wants to change the world
i should have known better
than to fall for a militia girl

can’t see a thing through the fog
can’t see the sun up above
this is for my mother and father
this is for the city i love

everything is shiny and new
they built it all up just for you
but deep down you know, none of this is yours
and it will be too late to run when we knock on your door

everything is shiny and new
they built it all up just for you
i can’t say what the future will bring
but i promise, there won’t be any kings

credits

from Acres and Continents, released June 8, 2015
music and lyrics by ying-sun ho
saxophone by liam furey
trumpet by nate tico

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