Before I Was Born

from by Jed Davis

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I like to think I don't believe in God, but He makes a really good scapegoat.

lyrics

The Lord cursed me before I was born
My first cells divide
The program inside was already running
The Lord cursed me before I was born
The choices I'd make were already made
Before I had choices
The Lord cursed me.

He gave me the spirit to never say die
The talent to raise expectations too high
Now nothing's enough and I can't figure why.

The Lord cursed me before I was born
It can't be denied
The pull of the tides, the call of your nature
The Lord cursed me before I was born
My first cells divide
The program inside was already running
The Lord cursed me.

He gave me the conscience to know wrong from right
So the tiniest fuckup would kill me inside
He gave me compassion, then drove me to crime.

The Lord cursed me before I was born
The news from on high:
"Everything that you try will blow up and burn you."
The Lord cursed me before I was born
"In your formative years [He said]
You'll have no idea how to handle rejection."
The Lord cursed me.

He gave me the insight to open my eyes
To know when you're lying, which is most of the time
I prayed for a respite; this was the reply:

"There is no point
There is no plan
Don't even try to understand
You have no rights
You have no soul
You'll take it 'til I say so.
On your knees and open wide."

The Lord cursed me before I was born
His Holy Decree:
"By age 23, your hair will be thinning."
The Lord cursed me before I was born
His Heavenly Word:
"Before you get heard, you'll turn suicidal."
The Lord cursed me.

He made me look normal, so I could fit in
And get close enough to see what I was missing
While all of the bad things that I would become
Were waiting in ambush before I was born.

credits

from The Cutting Room Floor, released September 21, 2010
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Jed Davis: vocals, Farfisa organ, piano
Sean Gould: guitars
Mike Casale: bass
Chris De Rosa: drums, tambourine
Produced by Jed Davis
Executive Producer: Dave Fridmann
Mixed by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY
Recorded by John Delehanty at Scarlet East Studio, Latham, NY
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt

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