Mutually Assured Destruction

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We shiver in a molten iron core
At the center of a planet that we can not explore
Epithets on infinite loop
The alphabet is lost in the soup

Mutually assured destruction
A cradle in a grave where we can suck our thumbs

These passionate, didactic absolutes
Your argument – I’ll never ever let you lose
We’re yin and yang, we’re sick of the form
We’re a swastika, we tend to get bored

Mutually assured destruction
A cradle in a grave where we can cock our guns

I’ll drag you down, if you’ll drag me down too

Mutually assured destruction
Eventually the victory will come down


from Kiss Me Screaming, released January 1, 1996


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Khalid Hanifi Ann Arbor, Michigan

Over the course of three decades, Khalid Hanifi (Map of the World [Atlantic Records], Kiss Me Screaming, Maypops, and as a solo artist) has built a deeply compelling body of work that combines uniquely thoughtful, personally-charged lyrical content with impeccably crafted, irresistibly infectious melodies. ... more

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