300 Floor Hotel

by Ethan Ives

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While you were asleep
they blew up the embassy
a 300 floor hotel
with just one fire escape

Former-life hippies with teeth that gleam
a zippo lighter greatest generation dream
I'll kneel and say a prayer for you
I'll kneel and say a prayer to you

A real good run
at the commune today
we achieved full stasis for over six hours
shouting July, July, July

But then we got real tired
and the buildings keep getting taller
but the people stay the same

You feathered your nest
and you spirited away
each spectacular year
in the bed where you lay
now clucking your tongue
what must be, must be
what a terrible shame
for my good friends and me

And I saw Britania
walk out into the rain
a 300 story hotel
with just one fire escape
but you bit the bullet
you inheritors of the stars
I bet you gave up on your children
the way you gave up on mars

So simple to say
so easy to take
when the lives are a stage-show
and the gunshots are fake
so drink up your wine now
your red and your white
and you could have done something
could have left on the light


released January 12, 2017



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