We Can Get Through, too

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Originally written in response to a radio act passed or not passed, regardless, to limit the power of private radio signals, home radio shows, college radio, and free-format public radio stations.

This is a song about gentrification; hence, the first verse, "Murder predicts the back-beat / of the souls that tap the backstreet / that predicts the payment / and redirects the pavement." It's a song about staying in one place and disappearing. A song for and about the voiceless, the oppressed. A song for kids playing music in basements, dudes growing schemes in basements, running radio shows out of basements, whatever worship you might do in a basement. It's also a song of redemption, because try and they might, "We can get through, too."

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Murder predicts the back-beat
of the souls that tap the backstreet
That predicts the payment
and redirects the pavement

"Hey, we don't know where they went."
Stayed in place, but vanished
Thin air give back the language
So, we can get through, too
We can get through, too

Pick a door, any door
All of them, the same shore
All of them, the same foams
Diggin' up the same bones

Pickin' up the same tones
Sounds that shake my earphones
And the ghosts of old clones
The worships in the basement
The worships in the basement

Behind the backs of buildings
Life's new gloss and new things
You listen to the crowd sing
Their requiem for you

Missing at the table
A fork but not a plateful
You blame it on that fateful
Night, the stars lined up for you
Stars lined up for you

Between the sheets, head full of dreams
That make you sweat and clench your teeth
Victims speak of double-speak
Lips sink into the sand beneath

But up above the sky opens up
You're soaked beneath a naked sun
And all around in new tongues
Sing, "We can get through, too
We can get through, too."

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from Anima Kingdom, released January 11, 2011

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