I feel this wave that is carrying me
And I'm unable to stop
I stand outside of my body
But it continues to walk
Love me and touch me
Your body my feast
Torn between two sides of my nature
Half god and half beast

This hunger in my flesh my instinct says it knows what's best
And when the animal takes hold feel forces outside my control

And then my mind starts to work out
What's going on
While the knot in my stomach
Is telling me something's wrong
Yes it's all the pain that I'm feeling
And the guilt that I hide
Yes it's all the hurt that I caused you
And all the tears that I've cried

This hunger in my flesh my instinct says it knows what's best
This craving comes and all i want is more - just a little bit more

To be shameless is blameless if we be what we are
If freedom is what I suspect
Then tomorrow will jar against your conditioning

This hunger in my flesh my instinct says it knows what's best
This craving comes and all I want is more - just a little bit more

This hunger in my flesh my instinct says it knows what's best
But when the animal takes hold feel forces outside my control


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    General CommentOne of my favorite Killing Joke songs. I don't know really what they had in mind with this song, but to me it's very, very deep.
    I look at it in a way as to the fight inside us. To do what is right, whether what you think is right, society or law (you vs them)....going against what is considered wrong (again, you vs them).
    Knowing in your heart as to what you are want to do and be. Is it wrong? How about if someone tells you it is? Can it be wrong? People can and will get hurt by you. But it's what YOU have to do/be. A crazy balance act of guilt and pleasure and others expectations of you in this society.
    It's hard to love yourself, and harder to be yourself these days....without someone telling you it's wrong or sick or mentally screwed up.... but its still in you and is you. Doesn't make you right, but it does make you you. Other people can make you feel bad about who you are and what you do and you can feel it as well, but it's still there and can't be taken away.
    thexon March 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentLove the crescendo at the beginning, sounds as if the shit is about to go down. If I ever try to write the script in my head, I hope I get the chance to include a sample from this in one of the scenes.
    ajsensi1on January 21, 2014   Link

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