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Daddy’s World


Daddy, you said man is basically evil
Daddy, you said Idealism passes with age
Daddy, you said they want to kill me
Daddy, if that’s your world- I don’t want it

Daddy, you taught me to hate
Some people count and some people need to be erased
It’s better to be smart than right, you said
Daddy, if that’s your education- I don’t want it

Daddy, you believe in rationality
You call me emotional and naive
You rationalize murder, racism and suffering
Daddy, if that’s your rationalism- I don’t want it

Daddy, you said you‘re protecting me
Who are you protecting me from?
You gave me your fears and a heritage of unaccountability
Daddy, if that’s your protection- I don’t want it

Daddy, you want me to be a patriot
You want me to love "my people" more than others
You want me to wield a gun in the name of that love
Daddy, if that’s your dream for me- I don’t want it

Daddy, why did you send me off to war?
Did you think I’d mature? Did you think that I’d toughen?
I know what it means to be tough in a world of men like you
Daddy, if that’s your love- I don’t want it

If I’m basically evil, then why do I bother?
If idealism passes with age, then I’ll stay a newborn child forever
If they want to kill me, I must be a lamb off to the slaughter
Daddy, if that’s your world- I don’t want it

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