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An elephant escapes from the circus and begins a rampage down a city street. His trunk tosses aside everything in his path. We cheer for him. Why? A man sits on an alligator and attempts to tie his mouth shut. The alligator contorts his body, throwing the man off before turning to bite. We are unsympathetic. Why? We take our children to the zoo to look at the monkeys. The children complain about their inactivity and we feel a sense of betrayal as we admit to ourselves that our observations are a fraud. What’s important in these situations of conflict and captivity is that we are seeing animals as equals. They are no longer the lesser species. A life force is being held against its will or once again running wild through the streets. The moment the lion lunges at the tamer we understand his motives. We relate viscerally to his oppression as we connect to the soul of its being.

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Do you play all the games that they force you
Do you smile at the crowd when they point at you
Do laugh at yak in the petting zoo
From your front porch, from your front porch

Are the clouds the only things that ever change for you
Does your plant and rock give you solitude
Does the sound of feeding feel like home to you
From your front porch, from your front porch

I am having
Problems relating
What you wanting
Take a sip of my coke

We’re having
Problems being
Corporate meetings
Above the streets filled with smoke

Did you hear that the ostrich fall and break her leg
Did you grunt make a sign for real sad face
Did you see the escape from reptile cage
From your front porch, from your front porch

Do you smell nacho cheese from snack bar vent
Do the straws pick the bugs from the cement cracks
Do albino creatures still kinda of frustrate you
From your front porch, from your front porch

I am having
Problems relating
What you wanting
Take a sip of my coke

We’re having
Problems being
Corporate meetings
Above the streets filled with smoke

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released August 1, 2015
written, recorded & performed by Tommy Becker

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