Make Sure the Dinnerware is Sharpened, There’s Blood to Be Shed

Trapped in this prison cell
Of a white picket fence
And a quiet suburban dream
Where there’s never a problem
Or a wrinkle or stain
A perfection you can never leave

It’s so charming til you see
It’s got you captive
Reality’s something you’ll never leave
Keep the kids safe and sound and sedated
Caught in tranquility, they take the from the money you earn

I’m wondering what life is like
Beyond these walls
Is there something better out there
Or nothing at all?
I’m chained to the proverbial American dream
And ashamed of how nothing is quite as it seems
Swept under the carpet and hidden from view
Mistakes were perfected- we put on this act for you
Enjoy the show, let the stilted manners and eloquence engulf you til
You cannot deny that our lies are first rate
Invite us inside and use all of the fanciest plates
Imminent destruction and no hold barred
Broke all the crystal, please let me bleed from the shards

We’ll serve you the poison on a silver platter
When the weakness sets in, we’ll say nothing’s the matter
You’ll smile and believe, though you know you’ve been deceived
Consider yourself lucky, step beside the ladder
You might find some happiness here, but I wouldn’t bet on it
Semi-permanent illusion, blinds your eyes, mutes your mind
Hide from the fear of change
And the concealed scandals you are bound to find

This is a residential nightmare
Neighborhood war at an even score
Who can outdo who? What’s next?
Remainders of our memories come haunting your screened-in decks
There is potency in your irreverence, some truth I doubt you’ll ever see.
We’ve come to expect the shadows of wrecks in our perfectly manicured streets

I’m wondering what life is like
Beyond these walls
Is there something better out there
Or nothing at all?
I’m chained to the proverbial American dream
And ashamed of how nothing is quite as it seems
Swept under the carpet and hidden from view
Mistakes were perfected- we put on this act for you
Enjoy the show, let the stilted manners and eloquence engulf you til
You cannot deny that our lies are first rate
Invite us inside and use all of the fanciest plates
Imminent destruction and no hold barred
Broke all the crystal, please let me bleed from the shards

What are we worth?
Is there a cost greater than this?

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