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They gathered in a little church
To say their final prayers.
They asked the lord to intervene.
They believed that he cares.
But the killers came in undeterred
Through the church-house doors,
And still today you can see the blood
Of children on the floors.

And now you sit there telling me
Your god hears your prayers.
He understands your petty needs,
He loves you and he cares.
He must be awfully pleased with you
When you say your grace.
Does he smile down indulgently
As you stuff your First-World-Face?

They gathered in a little church
To pray for their lives.
They asked the lord to intervene
And save them from the knives.
But the Lord’s Ways are mysterious
And on that particular night,
He simply turned his face away,
Or perhaps he just took fright.

And now you sit there telling me
Your god can intervene.
But every time these deeds occur
He’s nowhere to be seen.
Because all of your mundane requests
They keep him occupied,
They distract him from the famines,
The wars, the genocide.

And now you sit there telling me
That I don’t understand.
But every time I see a preacher man
I see blood on his right hand.
For all the good within your faith
Can never compensate
For all these years of killing,
For all these seeds of hate.

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from Songs of Love and Death, released May 1, 2017

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