Red Light Red

from Proverbs of Hell by John McDaid

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Red Light Red

Well, I'm rolling down the tunnel
I don't see nothing there but green
So I call up my controller
She's a friend I never seen
And I say, "Hey there pretty lady,
what's the situation up ahead?"
She says, "You better slow down
There ain't no way around
They're using backhoes
to clear out the dead."

Oh no, red light red
Oh no there's trouble up ahead
Oh no, red light red
Oh no there's trouble up ahead
there's trouble up ahead now
there's trouble up ahead now

Well I went to ask the Watchman
She looked just like Emily
I says, "What about mantra yoga
and quantum indeterminacy?"
She says, "Boy, don't you go fucking around with magic.
And don't go messing with the past.
'Cause you, if you ever find
A prayer to touch that mind,
You'd just better hope it kills you fast."

Well, there is a River out of Eden
And it runs down to the Sound.
And we lie here crushed and beaten
In a fruitless search for higher ground.
In the back I hear them crying,
"Is all lost, or can we win?"
We hang beset by doubt, ten miles out
way below the glide slope, headin in.

Oh no, red light red
Oh no, there's trouble up ahead.
Trouble up ahead now
Trouble up ahead now


from Proverbs of Hell, released July 28, 2019


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