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Sophia Is Smiling

from Ion Zelig Vol. III by Workman Song



it took a lot of trying
but now i’m jacked in
the power source is pulsing
my life force intact
the tree is now planted
the peak is surmounted
all i’ve encountered
all i’ve disassembled
is smiling
is smiling
is smiling
is smiling

i’m learning, we’re learning
the rain hits the awning
the tendrils wrap round us
the pleasure of abuse-bonding
the wounded were wounded prior
this is not advertised on flyers
but the peace is not secret
nor should we keep it secret
was not a madman who dreamed it
was the world who still needs it
was the filthy animal that cleaned it
was greece was egypt
was the beast that redeemed it
was the queen that couldn’t see it
was the son’s insurrection
was the bitch’s correction
is smiling
is smiling
is smiling
is smiling

were the world not so lovely
there’d be no one to love me
i’m breaking vows made of paper
and i burn the scraps later
but say to righteous
it shall be well with the righteous
for what he eats is delicious
since what he’s done was judicious
and if a man is called holy
then he is really just wholesome
and no religion is wholesome
if religion is wholesale
can’t wash the blood out the carpet
can’t purge the temple of the market
can’t break the tree at the branches
can’t be free in a plantation
so what the fuck are these mansions
so what the fuck are these clashes
a rash from thirty-nine lashes
that have still not been retracted
and maybe elvis left the building
but his ghost is returning
and i boast in his madness
while nero fiddles to the burning
the new world order keeps on turning
but i’m a man of much un-learning
i got the spirit to do my discerning
i got the spirit to keep on going
and with a word i can transmit it
and look out cause i just did it
if you didn’t hear it when i said it
then you ain’t alive enough to regret it anyway
so i say
switch off your ears if you don’t use em, power to you,
but you won’t hear the music when we singing hallelujah.


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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