Short Circuiting Rearrangement

This used to be a forest And everything was free.
This used to be a forest And everything was free.

Where is the teenage Antichrist
Leading all the kids to hell?

Where are the anti-heroes of today?
Burning money,
Burning the chains that bind us all?

They’ve all been put on the rack;
Available this week, 30% off!

This used to be a forest
And everything was free.

Our flesh is melting,
Smelting into iron and steel.
Clanging hammers
Drowning out our screams.

My family is dying.
Please, I just want one last goodbye!

Fill out this form in triplicate;
You’ll get your goodbye
If the supervisor stamps these forms.

This used to be a forest
And everything was free.

I wanted cheer and innocence again,
Just one whiff across the frozen pavement.

Instead
I’m chained to 6,000 machines.

I see glimpses of wedding announcements
And digital family pictures
Flashing idly by;

Shooters growing dusty,
Bright red orchids at the neck.

I tell an old friend I’m going sideways.
He just replies “huh?”

This used to be a forest
And everything was free.
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