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Some hope for many, and many hope for none
And both say those who fight with fear are fighting everyone

One wields an earthly power over those who are lowly born
While the other argues over the function of that which has no form

So is that the arrangement?
So is that the arrangement?
So is that the arrangement, I see?

I come to see small Mary sitting by her phone
Eyes tight as two clocks, mouth made right to moan

Well, she stands and winks a smile when she sees my ugly face
And laughs into cut flowers put in a transparent vase

So is that the arrangement?
So is that the arrangement?
So is that the arrangement, I see?

Don't you think? (What to think?)
And don't you do? (What to do?)
And don't you see? (what to see?)
But don't you suspicion dear mothers, you may bring home quite another
That feels nothing for its sisters or brothers and nothing will be discovered
When they seize the world, a world without hope or fear

I go to the workhouse where we manufacture the tone
But it's hard to think about it when you're working over Orwell's bones

But at least it makes me sad to think I no longer have a home
And it makes me kind of angry to think that everyone must be alone

So is that the arrangement?
So is that the arrangement?
So is that the arrangement? I see.

Don't you see? (What to see?)
And don't you hear? (What to hear?)
And don't you need? (What to need?)
But don't you suspicion dear fathers, you may have fathered no son or daughter
And even you are subject to slaughter to the ones who are born and take on the form
The form of a world, a world without hope or fear

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from Lost Blues & Forgotten Ballads, track released September 9, 2009

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William Lee and the Modern Primitives Nashville, Tennessee

William Lee is the nom de guerre of William B. Sealy.

The question of humanity—it's loss through privation of the spirit, it's corruption by seemingly unsurmountable forces, and it's redemption and salvation by acts and actors of disproportionate courage—is a pervasive theme throughout Lee's work. ... more

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