Automatic Pilot

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After the icebergs
Crippled by the storm
Bereft of water
Clinging to our souls

I see the outlet
Narrow through the hills
We’ll make it somehow
How I hope we will

We think we’re mere gods
Our culture is defiant
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Can’t be alone
Or we border on violence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Too much to reckon
Little to absolve
Our social conflicts
Riddles never solved

Too much for bitter,
Sad men to endure
Too much for women
Stifled by love’s “cure”

The abject discord
Is not given to silence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Ambivalent swarms
Of emblematic tyrants
All on automatic pilot
All on automatic

Gone are the prisms
Of light that led the way
Stealthy reflections
Foreshadow decay

The future dithered
’29 again
The anxious, hurried
Lies of learned men

Can’t venture to hope
For a world free from violence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

The system so made –
Slavery survived science
All on automatic pilot
All on automatic

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from State of Nature, track released February 3, 2013

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Los Angeles based singer, songwriter, and political activist.

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