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is such a mystery
to those who know no pain
nor loss of liberty
Soothing electric light
keeps us awake at night
These flickering images
conceal a burning shame

High-flown parasites,
preening all day and night
tout their extravagant
yet tasteful appetites
And then they starve the ghosts
that trouble them the most
In the black mire beyond
there lurks a burning shame

If all were revealed you would lose your mind
I’d like to introduce you to some friends of mine:
Distraction, escapism and death
I’ll defend them to my very last breath

(Lay your body down)


from Signs of Violence, released November 5, 2013


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Mark Lenover

Through a distinctive fusion of folk, rock, theatre and electronica, Mark Lenover critically examines pop culture’s ubiquitous influence, its moral philosophy and the potentially devastating effects of drug abuse and mental illness. His recent work frequently challenges an increasingly pervasive culture of celebrity, self-indulgence, distraction and desire. ... more

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