The world is an overflowing gutter
It bubbles with the brine of shit and blood
And those who keep their eyes upon the heavens
Are the ones that wind up faces down in the mud

It’s easy to speak of grand ambitions
Its easy to pretend you’re innocent
But lest you get distracted by the suffering of your sister
Being practical and trying to pay the rent

Heaven has been promised to the righteous
Hell’s an overpopulated pit
Purgatory’s given to the dreamers
But the world belongs to those who plow the shit

There’s a special place in hell for fancy talkers
There’s a special place in heaven for the whores
There’s a throne reserved for those with good ideas
Stolen by the demagogues who wanted more

The flowers and the laces in the market
Are all purchased by the peddlers of the flesh
But those who bring relief and carnal pleasure
Sometimes serve the needs of mankind for the best

Cast off the limitations of the righteous
There are good deeds only devils can commit
Let us dance between the teardrops of the angels
For the world belongs to those who plow the shit

At last the supreme maker decreed that this creature
To whom he could give nothing wholly his own
Should have a share
In the particular endowment of every other creature
Taking man therefore this
Creature of indeterminate image
He set him in the middle of the world
And thus spoke to him

We have given you all Adam
No visage proper to yourself
No endowment properly your own
In order that
Whatever price, whatever form, whatever gifts you may with
Premeditation select
These same may you have and possess
Through your own judgement and decision
We have made you a creature neither of heaven
Nor of Earth!
Neither mortal
Nor immortal!
And order that you may
As the free and proud shaper of your own being
Fashion yourself in the form you may propose
It will be in your power
To descend to the lower brutish forms of life
You will be able through your own judgement and decision
To rise again to the superior orders
Of life is divine

The dead become the emperors of memory
The saints have all been eaten by the worms
The living will write a twisted future
And the sinners all have practical concerns

The sentinels with rifles on the border
Oh the pretenses of charity are swept
But let’s not talk of slipping into nightmare
For the days are run by those who haven’t slept

So throw away the vestments of the righteous
Make sure the body armor snugly fits
The souls have taken flight now from the birdhouse
And the world belongs to those who plow the shit