The Tower

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Truth, a serpent coiled beneath
Scales beyond belief
The Living Tree on fire
History, a drunken choir of
Murderers, liars
You know that we’re the survivors
The sheepish heirs, heedless meek
Well-beaten path runs deep
Conquered, enslaved, defiled
Elites police the black sheep
Stifled by design
Bullets flying, clubs and sirens, bars of iron

And it’s easier to look the other way
And it’s easy not to care, you were taught that way
But I believe in you

A prison tower built up high
Crowned against the sky
Built up like a pyre
Built with fear and with desire
Fool am I
Shepherd when the lightning strikes
And the man in the tower above
He sends you down not love
But an oppressive hand
He’s pressing down upon this land
He’s over you and he only wants to screw
You in your place

And it’s easier to look the other way
And it’s easy to pretend that you don’t feel the pain
But I know you do

I feel it too
But I believe in you
And what we can do

I believe in you
I believe
In a way that’s true
I believe in you
I believe
We’re gonna make it through

We’ve got a whole lot of work to do to make a change and to start anew
To make a dream come true, we’ve got work to do
We’ve gotta change the way we live
There’s no more to take, something’s gotta give
You better believe it
You better perceive it
I believe in you


from The Tower, released January 26, 2017
Written by Miles Gannett (c) 2017



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Fractal Cat Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore’s Fractal Cat writes and performs music influenced by the classic decades of rock ‘n’ roll, from Buddy Holly to Smokey Robinson to Syd Barrett. As a seven-piece cosmic rock ‘n’ roll band with horns and strings, or as an acoustic trio, the band combines multipart harmonies with lyrical themes combining social commentary and mysticism. ... more

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