Harvey
Taylor


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  Break The Vicious Cycle

Composition/music etc. by H Taylor,
(live at The Coffee House, 11.18.06): with Dena Aronson, Jahmes Tony Finlayson, Holly Haebig, Emily Mimier, & KT Rusch



  Break The Vicious Cycle

The older I get, the more clearly I see
the cycle of suffering rolling relentlessly:
for a thousand generations, pain has been passed down
as violence, abuse, and all the other hell-hounds.
I had my share of insanity handed to me,
and I've passed some on, unfortunately...
but I swear a solemn oath, yes, I give my bond,
I'll do my best to break the cycle, from now on—
I'll break the vicious cycle.

We know the basic story, the whys and wherefores,
how innocent victims turn into perpetrators:
a sweet girl or boy who was treated really bad
becomes a vengeful Mama, or a cruel Granddad.
I had my share of insanity handed to me,
and I've passed some on, unfortunately...
but I swear a solemn oath, yes, I give my bond,
I'll do my best to break the cycle, from now on—
I'll break the vicious cycle.

In one way or another, we receive our wounds,
and mask them with depression, or by acting like goons:
we have another drink, we strike another blow,
we bequeath our inheritance, 'til we're out of control.
I had my share of insanity handed to me,
and I've passed some on, unfortunately...
but I swear a solemn oath, yes, I give my bond,
I'll do my best to break the cycle, from now on—
I'll break the vicious cycle.

Invasion plans hatched behind White House walls
teach us that war is the way to problem-solve:
every day and night, the headlines scream,
We Keep Turning Our Children Into Killing Machines.
I had my share of insanity handed to me,
and I've passed some on, unfortunately...
but I swear a solemn oath, yes, I give my bond,
I'll do my best to break the cycle, from now on—
I'll break the vicious cycle.

The older I get, the more clearly I see
the cycle of suffering rolling relentlessly:
for a thousand generations, pain has been passed down
as violence, abuse, and all the other hell-hounds.
I had my share of insanity handed to me,
and I've passed some on, unfortunately...
but I swear a solemn oath, yes, I give my bond,
I'll do my best to break the cycle, from now on—
I'll break the vicious cycle.