Simple, Not Easy

by My Torn Genes

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1.
Welcome to the church, now come on in You see, God loves us all even if you’re from a broken home Have an unpaid loan, an annoying groan But if you’re a sadist, a faggot, or are draped in chains You can say goodbye to God’s blessed rain Because our lord only loves the people that we, His people, choose to accept You home-wrecking whore with no home of your own You come to us except you reek of shame and regret You fill our church with dread We cannot help you evil people We’ll help out when you’ve left the needle Filthy, wicked, rotten souls Come back when you’ve closed your holes God may say that He loves all But He just loves His chosen children To love you would be a fall Wait, what’s it say again? Listen, anti-anti-Semites As I recite, “Do not judge, that you be not judged.”* All these Christians seem to love to say, “The Crucifixion, just the greatest thing” Their emotions run so wild As their hearts go from tender to mild Do you not realize what His death was like? Guess not if the pride strays the humble mind See, the physical pain wasn’t so bad Compared to suffering the sin of every man Imagine when innocent eyes see bloodshed They respond like their little world ended But this man was perfection Dying as He bared the world’s corruption His guilt had to be a shocker But still He cried, “Father, Father” This is the holy, joy-filling crucifixion Tell me how it is that you feel no shame When you know that our sins kill Him This guilt I bear is getting harder But still I cry, “Father, Father”
2.
Get a job, get a job, get a job, get a real job Turn it off, shut it down, it’s so loud, gonna pull the plug All your dreams gone to waste, and you know not gonna happen Moving out, go to school, pay your bills, gonna lose my mind Welcome to the game that is life Welcome to the game that is life They say, “Life’s a gift” But I don’t recall asking for it It’s a game where everyone’s against you Keep your eyes on the light through demise Don’t listen to the heartless charlatans They will take you down to their level You got to look to the light through demise And make your life worthwhile Turn it off, shut it down, it’s so loud gonna pull the plug All your dreams gone to waste and you know not gonna happen Life is a simple enough concept All you got to do is find your place Simple, sure, but it’s never easy No one ever wants to keep their space No one cares about your plight Welcome to this game that is life No one cares about your plight Welcome to this game that is life Life can be such a challenge But it is a one-time trip And it won’t happen, no, it won’t happen again Life is a gift, it’s a test, it’s a game But no one even seems to know how to play Why can’t anyone just say how it is? If we can’t understand, then why even try to pretend? If we can’t understand life Then how can we do it right? There may be no correct answer But I don’t want to spend the rest of my days searching it out All we can do is be honest in the here and now
3.
No, baby, I can’t wait now I really wanna go, go, go, go I wanna hit the road right now I don’t wanna be here anymore, no Oh, baby, can you feel it? I wanna hear you say it, scream it Let’s get out of our house right, right now Oh, baby, c’mon, let’s leave We really need to go now, now, now I don’t even care where we go As long as it’s not here anymore, no Yeah, my love, we need to get out Yeah, right away I can’t take it anymore I’m suffocating in here Oh, baby, can you feel it? I wanna hear you say it, scream it Let’s get out of our town right, right now Oh, my love, we need to get out Yeah, right away I can’t take it anymore I’m suffocating in here
4.
I never knew what would become of me I have to admit, though, I should have seen this coming What is it? What became of us? Got to admit things got torturous But when we fell apart Admit it, things looked bad from the start I guess it was just me Years passed, we grew apart This is just how we are Had I known things would go this way I would have stayed far away We all are different people Fighting through this tide of life I’m drowning, I’ve been left behind I never thought that I would be stuck here But my growth was so slow, did the same things every year Said, “goodbye,” left it all behind Got to admit, was a bit jealous You were moving forward Forget it, I guess I’ll look onward I guess it was just me that was stagnating We all fell out of reach Oh, and now we all went down our own paths We have our own lives And now I feel like I’ve been left behind Years passed, we grew apart This is just how we are Had I known things would go this way I would have stayed far away We all are different people Fighting through this tide of life I’m drowning, I’ve been left behind Things change, it’s how it is I need to get past this Why did I have to end up here? I should have changed things that year   Get a job, get a job, get a real job Turn it off, shut it down, it’s so loud, gonna pull the plug All your dreams gone to waste and you know not gonna happen Moving out, go to school, pay your bills, gonna lose my mind Welcome to the game that is life So, welcome to the game that is life We all went down our own paths We have our own lives And now I feel like I’ve been left behind Things change, it’s how it is I need to get past this Why did I have to end up here? I’ve been left behind We shared all our dreams And even though they were crushed I’ve got to give us credit We held together well But the good times have become such Hell I tried hard, but there was nothing I could do It went on for too long It had to end I tried hard, but there was nothing I could do We had fun, but it’s done We had to grow Tried so hard, but there was nothing I could do
5.
Let’s be honest here I’m not who I’d like to be I’m just a kid who’s got a lot of things to say But words are so meaningless When there’s no one listening And it’s okay I am left alone We all seemed to be growing But now it’s me you’ve outgrown I’m just a kid alone with his songs A hypocrite once again in the wrong I fell behind and it’s no one’s fault but mine Perhaps I’ll get it right next time Let’s be honest here I know we're not at all close "Who withdrew from who" does feel far too grandiose We shared our dreams in such a blinding haste Well, ashes to ashes, I guess, a lot of good dreams to waste I’m just a kid alone with his songs A hypocrite once again in the wrong I fell behind and it’s no one’s fault but mine Perhaps I’ll get it right next I’m just a stupid kid alone with his songs A hypocrite once again in the wrong I fell behind and it’s no one’s fault but mine Perhaps I’ll get it right next time But I’m still here There’s hope for me yet At least, that is what I believe So please don’t give up on me quite just yet
6.
I may be smart, but I’m not wise Trying hard just to not ruin lives Every time I make a mistake You’d think there’d be a lesson I take But these times I just seem to fall Dear God, what’s the point of it all? I may have failed time and time again But I’m still here I’m never going to give up And I’m never gonna settle with what you call enough I’m never ever going, going to give up And I’m never gonna settle with what you call enough To live and learn For good times, oh, still I yearn My strife will end I just need to get it through my head My friends are getting by just fine, something they’re doing (right) Right along this path of wrong, it seems that I must Try again to get it right, oh I will try again I will try again Oh, these times I just seem to fall Dear God, what’s the point of it all? I may have failed time and time again But I’m still here I’m never going to give up And I’m never gonna settle with what you call enough I’m never ever going, going to give up And I’m never gonna settle with what you call enough I may be smart, but I’m definitely not wise, I never know what to do I may be smart, but I’m definitely not wise, I never know what to do To live and learn For good times, oh, still I yearn My strife will end I just need to get it through my head
7.
Sometimes I wish I never opened up my eyes Because all these rampant images are burned into my mind You don’t care what I say, you’ll do it anyway I guess I don’t care either, so have a nice, egregious day I would have never got your cruelty, your sickening iniquity But time has made me realize that truth is conditional I’m feeling oppositional, incivility Now I don’t care about anything See, but that’s okay I’ve always been this way Why does everyone think that I shouldn’t be alone? Can’t you see that I don’t need people to feel at home? No one should be worrying for me, you see I’m okay, I’m okay, because I’ve always been this way Sometimes I wish I never opened up my eyes Because sometimes what is right and wrong is really just a lie I don’t care what you say, it’s untrue, anyway I see this will never change, no, not any day This world’s full of cruelty and sickening iniquity Still you keep on asking me why I want to be alone So jaded, I am like a drone So can’t you see why I push away everything? All I have to say I’ve always been this way Why does everyone think that I shouldn’t be alone? Can’t you see that I don’t need people to feel at home? No one should be worrying for me, you see I’m okay, I’m okay, because I’ve always been this way I’ve been alone for all these years But I wouldn’t want it any other way Why does everyone think that I shouldn’t be alone? Can’t you see that I don’t need people to feel at home? No one should be worrying for me, you see I’m okay, I’m okay, because I’ve always been this way But when I fall down I don’t need anyone to come running to my aid I’m okay, I swear I’m fine In this is life of mine, I’m fine with it this way I swear I’m fine with it this way I swear I’m okay
8.
Passerby 03:20
I know we’re on the go But there’s something we forgot Yeah, there’s something we forgot, missy These days just pass us by We should take the time to try Yeah, we should take time to try to see Oh, our lives just passed us by Remember when we had nothing but time? Yeah, I thought it’d never quit Tell me, love, do you miss it? Now since we’ve grown older It seems somehow we forgot It’s like we’ve forgotten how to live Oh, our lives just passed us by Remember when we had nothing but time? Yeah, I thought it’d never quit Tell me, love, do you miss it? Yeah, I think now is the time To live again, instead of just survive No, don’t worry, love I believe everything will be all right Tell me, love, do you miss it?

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released February 8, 2019

Cover art by Emily Marier

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