Laments

by Cultural Amnesia

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All my pleasures have fled and I have lost my life I am left in an empty place My wife laments and my mother laments my son laments and my brothers lament I suffer sore affliction both day and night and find no comfort, no repose My wife laments and my mother laments my son laments and my brothers lament I ask my mother why she bore me and my wife why she married me I am ashamed in the presence of my son My wife laments and my mother laments my son laments and my brothers lament And I lament and mourn
 January 2015
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I ask how long must I suffer no answer comes in the darkness I would cry out but lie still Through this world I must walk through this world I must walk through this world I must walk as I am How much must I endure and what deliverance can I hope for people come to assuage me but I can find no solace Through this world I must walk through this world I must walk through this world I must walk as I am How long must I bear this sorrow live this death how long must I struggle in the dark wood caught in a thicket Through this world I must walk through this world I must walk through this world I must walk as I am January 2015
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Others walk in the light but I cannot see it others hear music but I cannot hear it I have seen and been made blind I have heard and been made deaf and mute I have seen and been made blind I have heard and been made deaf and mute Others walk in the sun but I am a shadow others delight in conversation but I am silent I have seen and been made blind I have heard and been made deaf and mute I have seen and been made blind I have heard and been made deaf and mute Others welcome the morning I awake in trepidation others hear the birds sing I sit and brood on my suffering I have seen and been made blind I have heard and been made deaf and mute I have seen and been made blind I have heard and been made deaf and mute January 2015
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What will purge this melancholy what will draw this poison what will banish this darkness what will mend this broken heart I look to the future but see only the terrible present I look to the past but like love betrayed it has turned rotten I look to my father but he is dead I look to my mother but she is old and frail I look to my brothers but they tell me of the hardness of their lives I look to my wife but feel guilt I look to my son but see he suffers the pangs of youth I look to my friends but they also tell me of the difficulty of life I look to the doctor but medicine does not work I look to the psychologist but talk is vain I look to books but their stories are not mine I look to faith but I have no faith What will purge this melancholy what will draw this poison what will banish this darkness what will mend this broken heart
 January 2015

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released November 20, 2016

Words and Music: Cultural Amnesia

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Cultural Amnesia UK

Part of the post-punk/industrial tape scene of the 70s and 80s, Cultural Amnesia released three cassette albums and, since the late 90s, have begun recording once again.

All digitally available music can be found here. Biographical information is at the band’s website.
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