Jefe Jephthah

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Judge of Israel, what a treasure hadst thou!

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jefe Jephthah sold his daughter
got a permit for grazing a lock on water
gonna raise an oil rig up to the sky
gonna buy more land up than God on high
pennies an acre / get it?

said I earned everything that I bargained for
I built my holy self up from nothing
you'll never see a dime while you trust in people
don't you get it?
and when they plant my feet in the desert floor
I won't take the train out forgotten
the vultures and the mice will be at my table
they'll be laughing at my table

man what'd you bring home from the slaughter?
a busted antenna a stick of solder
well didn't nobody tell you whom the gods destroy
first they print your face up on all the coins
bait for the ravens / get it?

said I earned everything that I bargained for
I built my holy self up from nothing
you'll never see a dime while you trust in people
don't you get it?
and when they plant my heart in the desert floor
I won't take the train out forgotten
the vultures and the mice will be at my table
they'll be laughing at my table

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from Minimum Country, released December 15, 2013

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