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from Ion Zelig Vol. III by Workman Song



Jesus went to sodom
with moses and elijah
to sprinkle it with fire
to baptize old gomorrah

they frightened all the children
when they showed themselves among them
their games were far too similar
lighting their menorahs

the one who kept the vigil
stands now as a pillar
she casts shadows on the women
the profane of brick and mortar…

..relaxing in a heap deep in hell
their troubles in a tower that just fell
their secrets drowning deep in a well
their image unshackled from their shell…

when old jeremiah
brought the princess to ireland
the shoot that there they planted
grew into a scepter

the stone that was stolen
was once the rod of paupers
but come the new millennium
it was raped by its protectors

the loser and the champion
upon the throne together
at least for easter sunday
they got on well together…

…til one by one each dollar and silver coin
came to cost much more than the fruit of the loins
onward to the battle of the boyne
onward downward through the spiraling void…

jesus went to sodom
with moses and elijah
kind david spoke in tongues but
his bones are in a graveyard

the people of gomorrah
are people of the fire
king david spoke in tongues but
his bones can’t play the lyre


from Ion Zelig Vol. III, released December 7, 2014


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Workman Song Brooklyn, New York

Workman Song is Seán McMahon. A country preacher who cut his teeth on NYC subway platforms & stages, McMahon is known for his “gritty, freewheeling folk...earnest, amber-toned songs exploring the edges of faith” (The Wild Honey Pie) & a live show that's "equal parts Rodriguez (Searching For Sugarman), Bruce, and the Dead…what Dylan would have sounded like on about six tabs of acid" (Baeblemusic). ... more


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