American Hollow Men

by Chaucerian Myth

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America I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
This is cactus land
America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956.
This is the dead land
I can't stand my own mind.
Shape without form, shade without colour,
America when will we end the human war?
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb
Is it like this
In death's other kingdom
I don't feel good don't bother me.
We are the hollow men
America when will you be angelic?
We are the stuffed men
When will you take off your clothes?
There are no eyes here
When will you look at yourself through the grave?
In this valley of dying stars
When will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites?
In this hollow valley
In this last of meeting places
America why are your libraries full of tears?
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms
Between the idea
And the reality
I'm sick of your insane demands.
Between the emotion
And the response
America after all it is you and I
Shadow between the desire
who are perfect not the next world.
Your machinery is too much for me.
the spasm
Between the potency
You made me want to be a saint.
I refuse to give up my obsession.
I'm trying to come to the point.
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
America stop pushing I know what I'm doing.
This is the way the world ends
America the plum blossoms are falling.
Not with a bang but a whimper.


released November 3, 2016
Music written and arranged by Andrew Oliver.
Words written by T.S. Eliot and Allen Ginsberg.
Words edited by Amelia Nura.
Read and spoken by Dr. James Evans.
Works used:
"Hollow Men," T.S. Eliot, 1925.
"America," Allen Ginsberg, 1956.



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