paul mcmahon

paul mcmahon

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Get Back in Your Cage

Written By: Paul Williams McMahon

CAGE


THE MAN FROM THE BANK CALLED TO ASK YOU TO THANK HIM FOR GIVING YOU ALL OF THAT CREDIT
AND YOU KNOW THAT HE’S RIGHT BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT
STILLYOU HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO FORGET IT
HAS OWING THAT MONEY BECOME A BAD HABIT
YOU KNOW IT’S NOT FUNNY RUNNING SCARED LIKE A RABBIT
USE IT OR LOSE IT BUT DON’T YOU ABUSE IT
IF I GAVE YOU A FORTUNE YOU’D PROBABLY REFUSE IT
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE

WE’RE WALKING THE STREETS WITH OUR $20 NIGHTSTICKS LONGHANDLED FLASHLIGHTS LOOKING IN HOLES
PATROLLING THE RIM OF THE BARRIER LANDSCAPE
SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE WHO WON’T FIT THE MOLD
POWERED BY SEXUAL RAGE GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE

YOUR OPTIONS ARE LIMITED DOWN TO A FEW
IF I WASN’T SO HUNGRY I’D FEEL SORRY FOR YOU
WHEN THE WOOD HITS THE MEAT THERE’S A BEAUTIFUL THUD
IF I RUN OUT OF BREAD DO YOU STILL WANT THE BLOOD
A JAIL OR A CHURCH OR AN ART GALLERY
I’M STILL REALLY NOT SURE WHAT YOU WANT FROM ME
IF I GIVE YOU SOME ROPE WILL YOU MAKE ME A KEY
OR HAVE YOU GIVEN UP HOPE CAUSE YOU WANT TO BE FREE
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE
YOU’RE STILL UNDERAGE

YOU’RE DISTURBING THE PEASANTS BY FEEDING THE PHEASANTS
EXCITING THE INMATES TOO MUCH
INCITING TO RIOT THE STREETS THAT ARE QUIETLY
TREMBLING UNDER YOUR FEET
THE HISTORY OF LAWS AND THE MYSTERY OF CAUSE
AND EFFECTS GENERATED IN BOXES
ALL ANTICIPATE THE LONG AWAITED DATE
WHEN THE EMPEROR FINALLY DETOXES
THE WITCHES ARE SHIFTING THE SKIN OF REALITY
IT’S RIPPLING UNDER YOUR FLOOR
SHIMMERING UP LIKE THE WAVES ON THE PAVEMENT
I’M GLAD IT’S NOT ME WHO HAS TO KEEP SCORE
OF THE KARMIC ARITHMETIC SUPER COMPUTER
ACCOUNTANTS WHO WORK FOR THE ANGELS
THEY HAVE TO RECALCULATE EVERY TIME MADAME FATE
FALLS FOR ANOTHER DARK STRANGER
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE
THIS AIN’T THE NEW AGE

GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE WITH YOUR CEDAR AND SAGE
THAT YOU’RE OFFERING UP TO THE GODS
WHERE THE THUNDER IS RUMBLING
THE DICE THEY ARE TUMBLING
AND NO ONE CAN GIVE YOU THE ODDS
YOUR DESTINY’S CRYING THE BLUEBIRDS ARE DYING
THEY’RE FREEZING TO DEATH IN THE SNOW
LINING UP TO BE REBORN ALONG WITH THE NEW CORN
BUT WHY DOES IT ALL SEEM SO SLOW
IF I GAVE YOU THE CHARGE YOU’D BURN UP LIKE A BARGE
PETROLEUM FLAMES ON THE WATER
WHEN THE SWEET PURIFIER HAS WASHED YOU IN FIRE
THEN I’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO MY DAUGHTER
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE
OPEN UP TO THE PAGE
WHERE YOUR PAIN TURNED TO RAGE
SO YOU PAINTED THAT CAGE

EXQUISITE CONFINEMENT OF THE UTMOST REFINEMENT
A STRAITJACKET JUST FOR YOUR SOUL
OBSCURING THE SOURCE OF ITS MAKING
THE COURSE THAT YOU’RE TAKING
A PART OF THE WHOLE
HIDING IN HELPLESSNESS DYING OF SELFISHNESS
TYING YOURSELF TO THE MAST
READING A LAUNDRY LIST BLEEDING LONG YOUR WRIST
TRYING TO HOLD ONTO THE PAST
WHERE YOU NEVER GOT LOVE SO YOU LEARNED HOW TO SHOVE
BUT THE PLAYGROUND IS NEVER QUITE LEVEL
ABANDONED AND FRIGHTENED YOU GREW UNENLIGHTENED
AND LEARNED TO BELIEVE IN THE DEVIL
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE IN YOUR CRIB WHERE YOU LAY
IN YOUR TIGHT FISTED UNFORGIVING
SWALLOWING HATE YOU LEARN TO MANIPULATE
WITH YOUR HEART IN ITS RIBCAGE PRISON
A WOMB WITH A VIEW TO A ROOMIER PEW
ON THE AISLE OVERLOOKING THE PASSION
WHERE THE BABIES ARE PRAYING AND THE MOVIE KEEPS PLAYING
OF A SPACESHIP FROM VENUS THAT’S CRASHING
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE
ALL THE WORLD IS A STAGE
READ THE LINES ON YOUR PAGE
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE

I DREAM OF SUBWAYS DOWN UNDER THE CITY
I’M TRYING TO FIND MY WAY HOME
BLACK PEOPLE TALK TO ME ONE GIRL IS SO PRETTY
I’LL PUT HER INTO MY POEM
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE HOWLING IN RAGE
WHEN THE SPARK TURNS TO FLAME YOU’LL REMEMBER YOUR NAME
AND THE LOVE ALWAYS NEAR FOR THE TRUE PIONEER
STRIKES A BELL TONE SO CLEAR THAT THE WALLS DISAPPEAR
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE
MY DARLING YOUNG BABE
OUT HERE IT’S NOT SAFE
THERE IS NO ESCAPE
YOU’RE AT AN IMMATURE STAGE
GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE

© paul mcmahon 1993