Schlemiels Like Me

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The man next to me is rapping
As if his words could fuck you up
It's like "Come to my neighborhood, nigga
My niggas gonna fuck you up!"

But he's just a schlemiel like me
Inside this particular fantasy
Of resistance to the local tyranny
And a single platoon could crush them

Now maybe God will crush all unjust armies
But maybe that's my petty indignation
Just my small man's reading of the Revelation
As if the plaintive patience and the vindication
Of the witnesses beneath the altar
Were meant for schlemiels like me.

My friend loves his Second Amendment
His guns could fuck you up
IIt's like "Send your armies to my neighborhood, nigger,
My boys gonna fuck you up!"

But he's just a schlemiel like me
Inside this particular fantasy
Of resistance to a distant tyranny
And a well-trained platoon could crush them

And maybe God will crush all unjust armies
But maybe that's my petty indignation
Just my small man's reading of the Revelation
As if the plaintive patience and the vindication
Of the witness beneath the altar
Were meant for schlemiels like me

Yes, maybe God will crush all unjust armies
But maybe that's my petty indignation
Just my small man's reading of the Revelation
As if the plaintive patience and the vindication
Of the witness beneath the altar
Were meant for schlemiels like me.

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from All We Came To Do, released July 18, 2013

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