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The Walls

from Fiesta Red by Scotty Houston

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No one expected the Spanish Inquisition
But that was not what was happening here
A woman inflamed with pure determination
Set sail toward the enemy the stakes were never clearer

Three ships abreast
With modest stores and sailing west
Named Certainty, Confidence and Doubt
Under the RADAR of the state
Nobody was sure if it was possibly too late

Beatrice had abandoned
A box of fear she'd left behind
And those who understood the power of her mission
Hoisted sails and ran the rigging, pushed her right up to the line

Could three ships abreast
Be enough to sail the crest?
Would the old men she confronted be smart enough to heed her
Or would they just pretend to listen and watch everybody bleed
Stand by and watch them bleed

We build walls to make us stronger
But these walls will make us weak
If we can't see the fires coming for us now
It won't matter to the forest if we can't see for the trees

Well there's been a change in the weather
There's been a change to the seas
Turns out that every year or so
Is the hottest year ever to be broadcast on TV

Three ships have gone
You can still like them on your phone
The last ones to survive
Do you think it will be you or me
How long should we even dare to stay alive

We scan the ocean's edge at nighttime for the lights of passing ships


from Fiesta Red, released August 1, 2022


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Scotty Houston Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“In the dark times. Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.”

- Bertolt Brecht

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