The Boy Who Shot the Dog

little girl

the little girl laughed
at the boy who shot the dog
but it was not funny
it was not funny

the old man cried
as the door closed in his face
and was he man enough
was he man enough?

you believe
in acts of contrition
but I believe
there’s a right
to shake your head and go

the young man watched
while the house was burning down
He couldn’t look away
wouldn’t turn away

the woman fell
when the man told her the news
and what’s left now
will there be anything now?

you believe
in pleas for absolution
but I believe
there’s a right
to take your pain and go

(This song was recorded as part of ‘The Neverending Freakshow’ available to hear on Bandcamp. Photo by Laura O’Brien.)

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