Not A Man Of God

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i know that you told me to hold on.
i know what was promised,
and i know now we were wrong.
i cannot be yoked to anything so rotten from the inside,
just like you rotted from the inside.

it seemed the strongest branch of the tree,
so i placed my weight upon it and i trusted.
you said there would be strength there
for a hundred swinging girls,
so i swung and i hung
and the bough broke,
rotten from the inside.

you’re not a man of God, i know.

my mother stayed and rotted like the elm tree.
stayed because of fear, stayed because of threats.
thralled to hosts and sacred oaths,
she stayed and watched her belly fill,
watched her belly overflow with Death.

she said she still believed in the leaves,
so we walked along her limbs and we trusted.
she said there would be strength there
for her little swinging girls,
so we swung and we hung,
and the bough broke:
rotten from the inside.

you’re not a man of God, i know.

No, my love.
i am proof, my love.
this is rooted deeper than you know.
i am rooted deeper than you know.

you’re not a man of God, i know.

as for me, i’ll stay here on the ground,
watch you from a distance;
vigilant, but hidden.
i have got to cut this out of me manually.

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from the Republic of Heaven, released January 1, 2005

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The Endless Los Angeles, California

The Endless are a husband-and-wife folktronica duo from Los Feliz, CA, mixing haunting female vocals and electronic shoegaze and dreampop sensibilities while evoking such artists as Florence + The Machine, Bat For Lashes, and Imogen Heap. Their four albums have been met with worldwide critical acclaim and they are hard at work on a new album for release in 2015. ... more

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