Half​-​life

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The story of a post-human woman and a her human lover. An excerpt from the forthcoming musical "The Altered States of America"

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I was born in a city but,
someone in the past
got caught out in the wasteland.

Some uranium particulate
Embedded in some flesh
Predetermined who I am

And I think I wanted you to want to
understand
and I think you needed me to want you
but understand
I don't think I can
Cause I don't think you can

You were born in a city but
Someone in the past
Forgot about the wasteland.
And a fictional utopiate
of rocketships and glass
Let us empty out its trash cans

And I think I wanted you to want to
Understand
And I think you needed me to want you
but understand
I don't think I can
cause I don't think you can

Take a step back maybe baby then you can see,
We're building cities in abandoned factories
and your apologies don't mean nothing at all
My fate was made in the shadow right here in the lee
Of a twelve mile tin can crushing machine
and you maintain it's the same both sides of the wall

between us a wall

Well, compassion has a limit
cause one day
I'll drop dead and you'll say
"Isn't it a shame to live a life,,
with one hand and one foot tied"
Thinking it'll all be different next time
you're thinking it'll all be different next time

It ends with a scene
where you're still alive
and it comforts my ghost
that you sympathize
but pretty words just amplify
the fact
you tell yourself
"you know its not right"

to have to live a half life

to have to live a half life

to have to live a life

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from Mimetic Desire, released August 18, 2016

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E.W. Harris Brooklyn, New York

Born in the Rubber City and raised in the South, E.W. Harris is what he terms "a futurist with an acoustic guitar and an axe to grind." Known in the Brooklyn scene for his strong vocals, odd demeanor, and infectious laugh, Harris has become a staple in the Big City Folk Collective, and in many venues both in NYC and afield. ... more

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