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The Joy Thieves - Cities In Dust

by The Joy Thieves

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1.
Water was running children were running You were running out of time Under the mountain, a golden fountain Were you praying at the Lares shrine? But oh your city lies in dust, my friend Oh, oh your city lies in dust, my friend We found you hiding we found you lying Choking on the dirt and sand Your former glories and all the stories Dragged and washed with eager hands But, oh oh your city lies in dust, my friend Oh oh your city lies in dust, my friend Your city lies in dust Water was running children were running We found you hiding we found you lying Water was running children were running We found you hiding we found you lying Your city lies in dust, my friend Oh oh your city lies in dust, my friend Hot and burning in your nostrils Pouring down your gaping mouth Your molten bodies blanket of cinders Caught in the throes Oh oh your city lies in dust, my friend Oh your city lies in dust, my friend Oh oh your city lies in dust, my friend Oh your city lies in dust, my friend Your city lies in dust, my friend Oh your city lies in dust, my friend
2.
I try to maintain A victim of my own lucidity And when I try to stay sane All the madness just crawls right out of me When I throw on the light My body in relief, it’s clinical A corpse dying of fright The movement in the mirror is minimal Bet you never thought that this would kill that Bet you never thought, bet you never thought I never thought You’re trying to do what? Make this one kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of To focus is hard For lips that never move to communicate And I’m always on guard The object of the force to terminate It’s a throw away life My body and my thoughts just vaporize And I’m covered in bites By a madness that remains still weaponized A maze that’s mine A blade so fine Bet you never thought, bet you never, never, never thought. Bet you never thought, I never thought, I never thought. This will kill that This will kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of This will kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of This will kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of Bet you never thought that this would kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of
3.
Shut your fucking mouth and keep your hands where I can see them Do exactly what I say and this will all be over soon If you value your life and the lives of those around you Put the money in the bag and we all just walk away But if you think that you’re a hero, let me offer this advice It’s hard to be a hero with a hole between your eyes Joy Thieves A hole between your eyes Joy Thieves No one has to die Stay face down on the ground Don’t make a fucking sound Stay face down on the ground Don’t make a fucking sound Ladies and gentlemen, in this unlikely scenario…I am the alpha male I’ll take everything you have Now just put it in the bag I am the alpha male I am the alpha male
4.
The buzzing in the tips of my fingers And the tickling in my tongue The streaks of lightning beneath my eyelids And vibrations in my lungs The swollen bumps that throb and pulsate And seep fluids down my face The woven threads that conceal the larva That live only to debase They let me know there will be no resting They let me know they will never cease They let me know that they’ve started nesting They let me know there will be no peace Earth is coming back for me Honeycomb and silk are all I see Earth is coming back through me What once was me is hollow I don’t belong to me I don’t belong to me Diseased worms wriggle from my fingers Squirming bumps beneath the skin All the sores chewed into my eyelids And the botflies held within They let me know that they’re now ingesting All the nutrients meant for me They let me know that they’re manifesting And taking over inside of me Earth is coming back for me Honeycomb and silk are all I see Earth is coming back through me What once was me is hollow I don’t belong to me I don’t belong to me
5.
Shut your fucking mouth and keep your hands where I can see them Do exactly what I say and this will all be over soon If you value your life and the lives of those around you Put the money in the bag and we all just walk away But if you think that you’re a hero, let me offer this advice It’s hard to be a hero with a hole between your eyes Joy Thieves A hole between your eyes Joy Thieves No one has to die Stay face down on the ground Don’t make a fucking sound Stay face down on the ground Don’t make a fucking sound Ladies and gentlemen, in this unlikely scenario…I am the alpha male I’ll take everything you have Now just put it in the bag I am the alpha male I am the alpha male
6.
I try to maintain A victim of my own lucidity And when I try to stay sane All the madness just crawls right out of me When I throw on the light My body in relief, it’s clinical A corpse dying of fright The movement in the mirror is minimal Bet you never thought that this would kill that Bet you never thought, bet you never thought I never thought You’re trying to do what? Make this one kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of To focus is hard For lips that never move to communicate And I’m always on guard The object of the force to terminate It’s a throw away life My body and my thoughts just vaporize And I’m covered in bites By a madness that remains still weaponized A maze that’s mine A blade so fine Bet you never thought, bet you never, never, never thought. Bet you never thought, I never thought, I never thought. This will kill that This will kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of This will kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of This will kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of Bet you never thought that this would kill that Trying to do what you were always scared of

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released October 4, 2019

Cities in Dust was written by Siouxsie and the Banshees, lyrics by Siouxsie Sioux
This Will Kill That was written by Dan Milligan and Chris Connelly
Joy Thieves was written by Dan Milligan and Jaysun McBain
Honeycomb and Silk was written by Dan Milligan
Mastered by Jules Seifert at Epic Audio Media, UK
Original photo by James Scott
Art Direction by Destiny Justic Scott
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