Museum of Mistakes

I will expand on this blog tomorrow most likely but I want to write something since the song is up. This is a song about how as more evidence gets out about how many prisoners at Guantanamo were just turned in by tribal mercenaries capitalizing on the U.S. tax dollars being thrown at them to turn in people we could say were the “worst of the worst”, the pressure to close Guantanamo will mount and it will one day become a museum where we all stare and whisper about how we did such a thing.

Also, just want to say that this is my favorite Max and the Marginalized song yet and features great performances by Jon and Dave. Give it up for them =)

-Max

Museum of Mistakes

Somewhere down the line when the fevers quiet down
When I’m twice as old, as old as I am now
We’ll step out off the dock and sail the guilty seas
A hundred miles south of the comfort of the keys
Plexiglass displays of the dead, reenactments of the scene
Of hoods devoid of heads and jumpsuits tangerine

And the means, as of my understand were never really up for debate
Cast aside, as we shook all our decency off for security’s sake
And besides, once you get started it’s a real tough habit to break
Heads will drop and voices will shake
at the Museum of Mistakes

We’ll walk from cell to cell, shieded from the sun
Like the tour Alcatraz, with shame instead of fun
Perhaps a list of names will be etched into a wall
Of those who got caught up in the mercenary’s call

And it’s fine to play out all hands the same no matter how high the stakes
It’s a grind to mount a defense in the face of these charges opaque
In a shrine filled with buckets of water and hours left standing awake
There’s only so much amends you can make
In the Museum of Mistakes

There’s a line between credible threats and just being in the wrong time and place
And in time these roped off exhibits will elicit our collective distaste
And remind that once you get started it’s a real tough habit to break
Heads will drop and voices will shake
at the Museum of Mistakes

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