What Keeps Mankind Alive?

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Mirah

Mirah (born Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American musician based in San Francisco, California. She has released five albums under the K Records label. more »


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2004
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You gentlemen who think you have a mission 
To purge us of the seven deadly sins 
Should first sort out the basic food position 
Then start your preaching, that's where it begins 

You lot, who preach restraint and watch your waist as well 
Should learn for all time how the world is run 
However much you twist, whatever lies you tell 
Food is the first thing, morals follow on 

So first make sure that those, who now are starving 
Get proper helpings, when we all start carving 

What keeps mankind alive, the fact that millions 
Are daily tortured, stifled, punished, silenced, oppressed 
Mankind can keep alive, thanks to its brilliance 
At keeping its humanity repressed 
For once, you must not try to shirk the facts: 
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts. 

You say the girls may strip with your permission (whoa!) 
You draw the line dividing art from sin 
So first sort out the basic food position 
Then start your preaching, that's where it begins 

You lot, who bank on your desires and our disgust 
Should learn for all time how the world is run 
Whatever lies you tell, however much you twist 
Food is the first thing, morals follow on 

So first make sure that those, who now are starving 
Get proper helpings, when we all start carving 

What keeps mankind alive, the fact that millions 
Are daily tortured, stifled, punished, silenced, oppressed 
Mankind can keep alive, thanks to its brilliance 
At keeping its humanity repressed 
For once, you must not try to shirk the facts 
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts 

Mankind can keep alive, thanks to its brilliance 
At keeping its humanity repressed 
For once, you must not try to shirk the facts: 
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts

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Written by: BERTOLT BRECHT, EUGEN BERTHOLD BRECHT, KURT WEILL

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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