Burning City Gasoline

from by Eric Wallgren

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hang me out on a clothing line
cut me open tell me what you find
my warm muscles my bones my spine
none of those are really mine

burning city gasoline
to feed a fire blazing memory

I'm running with the bulls
the matathon it drowns
way behind the starting line
I'm melting in a city swamp
a fly could grab my feet
and drag me off a cliff
if I don't get the fire in me
to burn down these mirror cages
lining up the street
scratching out my eyes
turning forward big levers
that move my limbs and churn me through
this aching temperament
there's really no escape
except inside and I've been down there
It's just squacking rats and boiling sludge

bite my tongue I know you will
eat it raw send me the bill
you're the knife and I'm your fill
sittin' pretty waiting for the kill

burning city gasoline
to feed a fire blazing memory

my foxhole is a mess
it's smoke wafts to the street
and creeps into the sidewalk cracks
as I starve here inside a glass jar
breathing in this dirt
wandering the mall
without a penny to my name
I steal a taste of fountain water
this can't be the place
I must be in a gap
a cloud of dust that's all my own
and when I walk it moves around me
Babylon is drowned
beneath a pool of mud
a lightning bolt strikes down my foxhole
all my shit is loose among the world

take a spot in the swarming hive
tumble forward try and stay alive
this is hardly getting by
walking 'round feeling three feet high

burning city gasoline
to feed a fire blazing memory
eating garbage looking clean
under a slow eruption so serene
the hammer strikes down everything
and I don't have a mind to shout or sing
burning city gasoline
to feed a fire blazing memory


from The Flowing Burial Ground, released September 9, 2019


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