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They'll welcome you over and over again
They'll teach you to covet and to overspend
They will have you drowning in debt in a heart-beat
You will be reborn a servant in the dark. We
spend all our money whenever we're bored
on expensive play-things that we can't afford
Once we've blown our paychecks, then we turn to credit
We buy what we want but we don't really get it
The more we consume, the hungrier we get
and yet...

We never study and we never learn
We like to pretend we've got money to burn
It amounts to subjugation, whatever you call it
I will show you terror in an empty wallet
Money is power, and debt is control
Souls can be bought and freedom can be sold
Thrift is unforgivable, pride is a virtue
What you don't know can certainly hurt you
The more you absorb, the less you comprehend, my friend
It's taking its toll

They will show you to the promised land
You will grow to love your captors. You will
cede control to those who know the way
They will hold you inexorably in place


from Wandering Stars, released April 5, 2016


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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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