Conclusion: Survival is not Virtue

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Have caution, my son,
in deciding where to learn,
‘cause not every man
has good secrets to discern.
Have patience. Take time
in the choosing of your path,
‘cause all men with stray
in that wilderness of self.

And don’t be honest
in your words or your opinions
Don’t be righteous
in your dealing with the world
Don’t think all your years of virtue
won’t come back again to hurt you
In those first unbridled minutes
when the final table’s turned.

Now I’ve held diamonds,
and I’ve fought demons,
And I’ve made friendships
that didn’t last,
And I’ve jumped canyons
and I’ve known kinsmen,
I’ve seen the first light
breakin’ in the East.

And I’ve had saviors and I’ve had seizures,
And I’ve made choices in my beliefs,
And I’ve held vipers and I’ve had visions,
I’ve heard these voices all my life.

They say: Don’t be honest
in your words or your opinions.
Don’t be righteous
in your dealings with the world,
Don’t think all your years of virtue
won’t come back again to hurt you,
In those first unbridled minutes,
when the final table’s turned.

Now, son, don’t listen
when men tell you that they are holy,
that they are true,
‘cause life is sinful and life is evil,
and survival is not virtue.

So don’t be honest
in your words or your opinions.
Don’t be righteous
in your dealings with the world,
Don’t think all your years of virtue
won’t come back again to hurt you,
In those first unbridled minutes,
when the final table’s turned.

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from Dream Radio: What Will Have Happened, released May 1, 2014

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Jordan O'Jordan Seattle, Washington

These are the sounds that we use to woo water. Issuing forth from some human or other (i.e. Hydrogen bonding; banjo- and heart-strings).

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