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You hit the jackpot, if all you wanted was to have all the answers
True or false, curse or a gift?
That easy certainty seduces and enchants us
Now we’re in the grifter’s grip

You’ve seen my papers, isn’t everything in order?
Am I in no position to resist?
For some transcendence is the burning of the borders;
Some think playing with their shit
Is the pinnacle of wit

Unlearn the Internationale
We’re citizens of nowhere now

And empathy merits you a blank stare
When you’re a citizen of nowhere
Born on the wrong side of the drawbridge, and it’s locked up tight, alright?

Should I keep hoping for the best?
Or for the Masque of the Red Death?

Unlearn the Internationale
We’re citizens of nowhere now
Burn your ID, now take a bow
We’re citizens of nowhere now

And when they meet you with that blank stare
You know you’re a citizen of nowhere
Disconnected and left to rot - O Theresa, maybe, maybe not

I dreamed that I was born again as a corporation
Fuck The Future, LLC
I got full benefits with my reincarnation
Oh I never felt so free

Unlearn the Internationale
We’re citizens of nowhere now
Remit remains to neutral ground
We’re citizens of nowhere now

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from Un​-​Becoming, released May 31, 2019

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J. Robbins Baltimore, Maryland

J. Robbins has been the singer/guitarist and principal songwriter in several DC-and-Baltimore-area post-punk rock bands since the late 1980s, most notably Jawbox, Burning Airlines, and Channels. He is also owner and operator of the Magpie Cage recording studio in Baltimore MD. ... more

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