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they’ve all the mercy to feed the wolves with their only daughter. righteousness that is bought and sold. it warms their home but leaves you cold. sprawled out on the marble steps. gripping the stone. begging a hand to lift you from this world they’re built upon. but hey! you’ve gotta leave all that behind you now. you’ve gotta lay your trouble down. lay it down on me. nobody knows the trouble you’ve seen. nobody knows but joan. kindling carved by some son of man in far off old jerusalem. hell is real. hell is here. tongues of flame will lick you clean as you’re baptized in the embers of the empire’s splintered heart. but, hey: another albatross behind them now. you’ve gotta bring that hammer down. bring it down on me.

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from criminal hymnal, released August 5, 2016

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