The Water is Poison

from The Art of Dying Well by Cytokine Storm

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we left just to escape
we never imagined
all this wind and all this rain
all our hopes have surely felled us

we can't
swim forever
and this tiny lifeboat
is all that we can cling to
can't drink the water
but god it's so hard
we're already so thirsty

the storm came so quickly
we were caught still drunk with sleep
the boat capsized so easily
rigging torn by wind and waves
errant lines snap and whirl through air
errant arms flayed, we all stare
screams of pain no help will hear
but bleeding wounds call hungry sharks

can't drink the water, the water is poison
sharks are all around my raft, i cannot even think
can't drink the water, the water is poison
floating in the poison beating sun is maddening
can't drink the water, the water is poison
lost all hope of rescue i'm too scared to sleep
can't drink the water, the water is poison
cannibals surround me, i start to sink

we cling to each other
hoping for rescue
praying for change
the waiting drives us mad
we cannot withhold the thirst

we can't
drink the water
the water is poison
we drink
and we succumb to madness

saltwater makes you crazy
dried out neurons burst in your brain
we all hallucinate
she speaks in tongues, she bleeds in spades
she says that god promises rescue
she chooses madness over despair

she dies and we are rescued
they think it's a miracle
they see god's compassion
but i see
only god's hate


from The Art of Dying Well, released April 22, 2013


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