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lyrics

We were supposed to be sober.
You commanded me to come over.
You transformed me into a lover.
We could be somebody special.
I carried you over the threshold.
You were already undressing.
And have I ever felt lower
than when I learned I could only ever go forward,
even with all of my power?

How can I make bread from toast?
Your body is fucking gross.
This is what I’ll miss the most.
My kingdom to be a horse.
Race around the intercourse.
Love you with all of my force.
I pronounce to wear the crown.
I will carry you around.
Crucify me upside-down.
You can make me into glue.
I said I would marry you
and I said I love you too.

The work makes me free. I am occupying the physical position.
The work makes me free. I am occupying the physical position.
The work makes me free. I am occupying the physical position.
The work makes me free. I am occupying the physical position of the
torturer, torturer.

This is what I’ve been training for,
worshiping inside your door.
Drink it all, I’ll pour some more.
This is why I breathe so hard,
scratched into my debit card,
but I have survived so far.

We were supposed to be sober.
You commanded me to come over.
You transformed me into a lover, and

The work makes me free. I am occupying the physical position.
The work makes me free. I am occupying the physical position of the
torturer!

My car ate my house, ate my wife, ate my children -
and I never knew a car could eat things until then!
I made myself work for it, made myself work for it, made myself work for it.

BASED ON TWO TRUE STORIES. American Pharaoh is the horse who won the Triple Crown in 2015, becoming the first to do so since Affirmed in 1978. We thought the name "American Pharaoh" was so great that we had to write a song with that title even before we knew what it would be about. Then, in 2016, I had an encounter during which I was abused by a person I knew from an anonymous recovery program. I’m not going to tell you this person’s name, for obvious reasons. I was sober, they weren’t. I promise it’s not anyone you know. It was a strange experience because it didn’t scare me until after it had ended. During the encounter, it felt like a fantasy. So it felt appropriate to make that the subject of the American Pharaoh song, because the horse demonstrated tremendous power while running, but at the end of the day, he was just running in a circle. He wasn't actually going anywhere.

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from Funereal Tymes, released May 8, 2017

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