You Need Me To Betray You

from Toothless Messiah by Curtis McMurtry

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lyrics

now that everything's on fire
you tell us to take our time
you say we have no patience
I say you have no spine
and you are tangled in tradition
never daring to offend
but if they are not your enemies
than we are not your friends

(chorus)
my teachers taught me not to trust
my teachers taught me not to trust
my teachers taught me not to trust
my teachers

they will take it all and you will let them
you would have us fall without a fight
the leader matters less than the direction
being older doesn't mean that you are right

(chorus)

you don't see it, but you need me to betray you
you cannot stand and fight on feet of clay
old shadows that refuse to pass the mantle
in the light my heroes fade away

credits

from Toothless Messiah, released February 5, 2021
Curtis McMurtry- vocals, banjolele, electric guitar
Diana Burgess- vocals
Taylor Turner- bass
Mike Meadows- drums and percussion
Roy Thomas- trumpet
Sterling Steffen- baritone saxophone

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Curtis McMurtry Austin, Texas

Curtis McMurtry writes apocalyptic indie folk about the selfish and the cowardly. Influenced by Fiona Apple and Tom Waits, Curtis' music combines sinister lyrics with sophisticated orchestrations. He specializes in sad songs and mean songs, and considers his catalogue to be "music for people that like to read." ... more

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