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When the nights grow long
Where money’s always been the only law
A chill gets in your bones, you feel so alone
Exiled into the forbidden zone
You need firelight
To beat back the night
And nothing burns as brightly as a flag
Set alight
By firelight
It’s red when you let the fresh air in
Like blood that runs blue beneath white skin

Get the kerosene
We’ll warm our hands, we’ll make a festive scene
Orange, black and green, for all it means
It’s just a curtain ‘round a crime scene
So what is it you
Pledge allegiance to
You want the gift, or just the wrapping?
And all your misplaced pride
Is a consolation prize
I think you’d better throw it on the fire
We need the light
Firelight
Is red when you let the fresh air in
Like blood that runs blue beneath white skin
And fire will always need feeding
Not promises no one is keeping

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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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