This Charming Stain

from Offset from the Normal by The First Part

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lyrics

This charming man is running out of lines
Designed to stay in your good-books
Poisoning the ink-well, plagiarized with style and purpose
With hands reaching for stones
This loaded word must find a mark
Your “unwilling” warrior must take up its arms and fall in

While screaming “Out, damned spot!” you failed to notice
All the other bloody stains
Playing out such scenes in preparation for a reign that never comes
Pricking sore thumbs
Signaling wickedness afoot!
The knowledge that nothing can completely clean your hands fills your eyes with terror

Ground down to words
Found more than what I thought I lost
Deserving of knowledge once reserved for the enlightened and trigger happy fools

Cantankerous and likely to fall for
Another falsely planted flag
I’d appreciate it if you could see your way out of me
And leave me in the vanguard
This charming stain is faded now
That everyone’s in on the joke only, the irony’s totally lost on them all

Ground down to words
Found more than what I thought I lost
Deserving of knowledge once reserved for the enlightened and foolish

Pricking sore thumbs
Breath held to meet the war to come
The courage of my convictions is scaring me

Won’t let it breath again
Won’t let my boots stay un-marched-in
And keep the rose all to myself
While in the throes
Of your hegemony

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from Offset from the Normal, released March 1, 2019

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The First Part San Angelo, Texas

Matthew Johnston: vocals/guitar, Jimmy Moore: bass, Drew Fish: guitar/vocals, Matt Taylor: drums

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