Powerful political poetry by Benjamin Adair Murphy

Republican Death Cult Blues (Part 1) 

Here comes the red wave
The worst of the worst days
         The holes growing under your shoes 

Here comes the last breath
Here comes the sad death
          Republican Death Cult Blues

Here come the long clubs
Here come the young thugs 
            This gauntlet we’re all running through 

Here comes the same shit
Here comes the same split 
               Republican Death Cult Blues

                 At the end of this road
                There’s a door that won’t close
                And the snake is sliced up
                Into parts

              At the end of this day
              There’s nothing to say
              That we haven’t all said 
              From the start


Here comes the same rage 
Here come the same names 
                McConnell, Rubio, Cruz… 

The killers in white sheets 
The assholes with nice teeth 
            Republican Death Cult Blues 

Here comes the same fear 
Here comes the nightmare 
          There’s nothing to say or to do 

You know this feeling 
Say a prayer for your children 
           Republican Death Cult Blues 

Yes, you know this feeling 
Hold on to your children 

            Republican Death Cult Blues 

Republican Death Cult Blues (Part 2) 


Birds say “tweet” 
Puppies say “woof” 
 
And Republicans  
Murder police officers 
 
Babies like milk 
Children like sweets 
 
And Republicans  
Murder police officers 
 
Fish jump in the summer 
Love blossoms in the spring 
 
Republicans smashed the doors 
Of the Capital Building 
 
The sun rises in the morning 
In the evening it will set 

Who will 
Republicans  

Murder next? 

Republican Death Cult Blues (Part 3) 

I'm on a  
Quarantined ship 
And we're stranded 
In the harbor  
 
You think you're used  
To all this shit 
But then it just keeps 
Getting harder 
 
We said goodbye 
To all our friends 
Who we used to 
Know as lovers 
 
It gets lonely  
When it’s quiet 
But at least we’re 
All together 
 
We’re a crew  
Of loyal patriots  
Who can’t understand
Our fathers 
 
We chose the 
Loudest ones to lead 
And we silenced
All the others 
 
We’re sliding back 
From where we came 
The shore is hidden 
By the weather 
 
I thought that we 
Were close to land 
But then the tide 
Pulled us out further 
 
I wrote a letter  
To my mom 
But then I ripped 
Apart the paper 
 
She doesn’t need 
To know what’s up 
It’s never really 
Worth the bother 
 
I might be killed 
For my beliefs 
But I’ll look good 
When I get murdered 
 
We built a trampoline 
With fishing net 
And each day  
I’m jumping higher 

Yes, each day 
I’m jumping higher 

And I can hear 
My sad heart sing

But then they shut down 
The whole thing--- 
 
Cause someone had a seizure  
On that motherfucker 

What’s Wrong with Your Ears? 

They're speaking   
To you straight 

But you block them 
Off with fences 

Then you  
Dig down 

Deeper in  
Those trenches 

You know about  
The troubles  

You know about 
The fears 

So, tell me 

So, tell me 

What’s wrong 
With your ears? 


I ask you  
About water 

You say it  
Runs uphill 

I ask you 
About time 

You say it  
Just stands still 

You know  
About the violence 

You know  
About the tears 


So, tell me 

So, tell me 

What’s wrong 
With your ears? 


I ask you  
About the world  

You tell me  
That it’s flat 

I ask you 
For the truth 

You go on
The attack 

I don’t know 
What’s confusing 

I don’t know 
What’s not clear 

So, tell me 

So, tell me 

What’s wrong 
With your ears? 

What’s wrong 
With your ears? 

What’s wrong 
With your ears?

Republican Death Cult Blues (Part 4)

There will always be Republicans  
So do the best you can 
 
There will always be the hatred 
There will always be the Klan 
 
Every night is Kristallnacht
It’s always January 6th 
 
There will always be the lies 
There will always be the tricks 

There will always be a Donald Trump 
There will always be a Nixon

There will always be the men
Who spread fear and drive division

There will always be Republicans  
I know it’s hard to understand 
 
So do the best you can, 
My love 
 
Do the best you can 


Bio: 
Benjamin Adair Murphy’s music will soon be heard in the film ‘Nine Bullets’ starring Lena Headey, Sam Worthington, and Barbara Hershey.  His lyrics have been published in Fevers of the Mind, Headline Poetry and Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Rabid Oak, Coven Poetry, Goat’s Milk Magazine and others.  His last album 'Let’s Make a King' was named one of the best albums of 2020 by multiple publications.  He lives in Mexico City. 
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Poetry/Lyrics “Stolen Equipment” for Benjamin Adair Murphy

Stolen Equipment

In 1969
Someone broke
Into a van

And they stole
All the
Equipment

From a
Rock and roll
Band


They stole 
The Vox 
Amps 

And they stole 
The Tone
Benders

They 
Stole the 
Box Fuzz

And they stole 
The Stratocasters


But the band
That owned
That van

Had a certain
Kind of
Sound

Because the band
That owned
That van

Was the
Velvet
Underground

And under
Screaming lines
Of feedback

Was the way
They always
Played

Sometimes
For thirty
Minutes

When the 
Song was
Sister Ray


But stripped
Of all
That gear

The band
Sounded clean
And sweet 

So they 
Went back to 
The studio

And recorded
I’m Set
Free


And they 
Recorded 
After Hours 

And That’s
The Story
Of My Life

They recorded
Candy 
Says

And Beginning 
To See
The Light


And ain’t that
Just the way
It goes

With possessions
And with
Noise?

Sometimes the 
Things that fill
The space

Can also 
Cover up
Your voice


And don’t all of us 
Get robbed 
Sometimes

And have to
Work with
Less?


But maybe
On the
Other side

We’ll find
Pale Blue 
Eyes

Or

Jesus


A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Benjamin Adair Murphy

Poetry/Songs inspired by Leonard Cohen from Benjamin Adair Murphy 

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Bio: Benjamin Adair Murphy’s album ‘Let’s Make a King’ was named one of the best albums of 2020 by multiple publications.  His lyrics and poetry have been published in Fevers of the Mind, Headline Poetry and Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Rabid Oak, Coven Poetry, Goat’s Milk Magazine, and others. He lives in Mexico City. 

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Benjamin Adair Murphy

with Benjamin Adair Murphy:

Bio:
Benjamin Adair Murphy writes blues and country songs. His last album ‘Let’s Make a King’ was named one of the best albums of 2020 by multiple publications. His poetry and lyrics have been published in Fevers of the Mind, Headline Poetry and Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, The Good Ear Review, Ophelia Street, and others, and are forthcoming in Rabid Oak and Coven Poetry. His plays have been performed in New York, Boston, and Chicago. He lives in Mexico City. Songs | Benjamin Adair Murphy Songs | Benjamin Adair Murphy

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Benjamin: I started writing songs when I was about 13. Around that time, I was listening to a lot of early Pink Floyd – the records with Syd Barrett. I was also listening to a lot of delta blues guys like Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Blind Willie Johnson. That music is haunting stuff, and can stick with you forever – it sure stuck with me…

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Benjamin: I have three equally important influences: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen. Obviously, all of them are incredible songwriters, but they’re also all artists who kept getting better as they got older. That’s pretty inspirational. John Prine should also probably be on that list.

Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art/music?

Benjamin: My parents split up when I was in elementary school, and my older brother and I used to spend summers with our dad in Northampton, Massachusetts. Northampton is very hip and expensive these days, but back in the eighties it was pretty run down and had a lot of empty storefronts. My dad rented a tiny apartment above a Mexican restaurant. The place was a dump, but I loved it because it was right across the street from a famous music venue called the Iron Horse. The stage in the Iron Horse is right at the entrance, and on summer nights we used to sit out on our fire escape and watch whatever was happening. Everybody came through the Iron Horse back then – Kris Kristofferson, Stan Getz, Townes Van Zandt…I was able to hear a lot of great music. I didn’t know who half of them were at the time, but their faces, their names, and their songs all entered my consciousness in an abstract kind of way. I was able to get a bird’s eye view of the romantic side of live music, but I was also able to see the business side of working musicians out on the road – loading and unloading equipment and that sort of thing.

Q4: Have any travels away from home influence your work/describe?

Benjamin: I’ve lived out of the U.S. for the last 10 years, and I’ve recorded albums in Rome and Mexico City, but most of my songs aren’t really tied to any city or region. I only remember a few instances when my lyrics came out of specific places. I wrote a song called ‘Upside Down: A Spell for Traversing the Land of the Dead’ after seeing a papyrus at the Egyptian Museum in Torino. My last album has a song called “The White Man Gets Things Done” which was influenced by a mural in Mexico City by Diego Riviera of the Spanish conquistadors forcing indigenous Indians to work in the silver mines.

Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Benjamin: Writing songs is just something I’ve always done. There have been plenty of times when it didn’t make any financial or logical sense to be an artist, and I’ve just pushed on. I don’t really have a single ‘pivotal’ moment, I just have a lot of small moments when I persisted and endured.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Benjamin: I like to go for long walks by myself. I’m happy in the city or in the woods, just as long as I don’t need to speak to anyone for a few hours.

Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?

Benjamin: I just signed a music licensing deal with a company called Artlist: Let’s Make a King by Benjamin Adair Murphy | Royalty Free Music Album – Artlist.io. It’s a good place for filmmakers to get royalty free music, and hopefully I’ll start hearing my songs in some films or TV shows.  And my new EP will be ready at some point this year, but my producer got into a motorcycle crash a few months ago and hasn’t been able to work on it very much recently.  In the meantime, all my other music is on Bandcamp: Let’s Make a King | Benjamin Adair Murphy (bandcamp.com)

Q8: What is a favorite line from one of your poems/songs?

Benjamin:

I like these lyrics I wrote for a song called ‘Wake Up When the Train Stops’:  Don’t worry about the ride / Don’t worry about your watch / Close your eyes / You’ll wake up when the train stops 

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

Benjamin: I’m pretty confident in my own songwriting abilities, and for the most part I instinctively know what works or doesn’t work. I don’t need much help with the writing, but I need a lot of help with every other aspect of music production; the recording, the mixing, the mastering… I don’t have the patience for a lot of that stuff, but I have some friends who are masterful at it. Luckily, I have been able to work with good people, and without them my songs would never leave my own living room.

Poetry/Songs inspired by Leonard Cohen from Benjamin Adair Murphy

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