Debra

from by Pale People

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When
I was a little boy
You kept a secret soul
You sought illicit joy
Oh, Mother—

I
Hid when you battled him
Angry passivity
Self-conscious victimhood
Waste another

Year—
Grasping the burning iron
Teach me how to shrink from him
Teach me how to be a liar
Hide yourself

Well—
Screwing your brains away
Flagrant disloyalty
Come clean
When the silence starts to smell

When
I was an older boy
You left me emptiness
Left us to be destroyed
Motherless

All—
Hot clammy summer days
Let's disappear this way
Howling like dogs
At the foot of the

Wall—
I'll revisit your history
Discover your crimes
Tear all your mysteries
Asunder

You
Never felt beautiful
Never felt good inside
Doubted that you'd
Ever been a good mother

Oh—
Your body spreads open
Lonely and bloated
Bored and badly broken

When
I was growing up
I felt the undertow
Fragile—prone to choking up
Little white

Lies—
Hungry for secrecy
Utterly without decency
Shameful experiments
Between my

Thighs—
We both live our little lives
Barely coming up for breath
Mother says no one
Can be trusted—

She
Fears that I'll go insane
Families are all the same
No one ever
Tells the truth 'til they get busted

Oh—
Your body spreads open
Lonely and bloated
Lovely and clean
Voice as milky and silky as cream

When
I dreamed of evil things
Sickness and violence
Coming up crying in the morning

You
Held me very very very tight—
You set my head aright—
Was as if you'd
Never heard of performing

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from Portraits, released March 24, 2017

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Pale People Missoula, montana

Take an embittered music school dropout. Add two spoonfuls of faintly balding neurotic. Add heaping handfuls of dark-eyed love prince. Add antidepressants, a piano, small noisy crowds, unsatisfying sex, a wheelchair, a lamp. The band is called Pale People, and one of their songs contains this phrase: "Fetish food play--babysitter wet dream." ... more

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