Father John Misty Ballad of the Dying Man cover

Ballad of the Dying Man
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Verse 1
Naturally the dying man wonders to himself
Has commentary been more lucid than anybody else?
And had he successively beaten back the rising tide
Of idiots, dilettantes, and fools
On his watch while he was alive
Lord, just a little more time
Verse 2
Oh, in no time at all
This'll be the distant past
Ooh
Verse 3
So says the dying man once I'm in the box
Just think of all the overrated hacks running amok
And all of the pretentious, ignorant voices that will go unchecked
The homophobes, hipsters, and 1%
The false feminists he'd managed to detect
Oh, who will critique them once he's left?
Verse 4
Oh, in no time at all
This'll be the distant past
Verse 5
What he'd give for one more day to rate and analyze
The world made in his image as of yet
To realize what a mess to leave behind
Verse 6
Eventually the dying man takes his final breath
But first checks his news feed to see what he's 'bout to miss
And it occurs to him a little late in the game
We leave as clueless as we came
For the rented heavens to the shadows in the cave
We'll all be wrong someday
Verse 7
Oh

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