Don't Break What You Cannot Fix

Don’t act so surprised, when you realized
that I meant what I said
you were the one who, told me you wanted to
change everything instead

things that we never dreamed, plots that we’d only schemed
fibers woven to thread
you loved me when I needed it, the emptiness receded
welcome to this black widow web

don’t fight, no don’t resist,
it’s easier to insist,
and break what you can not fix

another insanity, a half baked depravity
facts and truths to shred
ill conceived action, verbal distraction
for lovers to love, and haters to spread

you’ll tire my dear, of this constant fear
of the overhanging threat
built in a thousand years, blink and it disappears
the illusions we shed

don’t fight no don’t resist,
it’s easier to insist
and break what you can not fix

There is an old saying that “Ten wise men can not fix what one fool breaks” and it struck me how in these times, important decisions are being made that will have long term repercussions and that will be very hard to repair and undo. It seems like there is a constant stream of examples where actions are being taken before they are fully thought through to try and address issues and instead of fixing them, making them much worse. e.g. Separating families at the border without keeping track of the kids properly; wrapping the US side of existing border walls with concertina wire transforming US border towns into prison-like settings; bailing out of carbon emission treaties instead of setting an example through our leadership; trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act; reducing taxes on the ultra-wealthy etc…

The irony is that the people who are going to be most negatively affected by these policies are precisely the ones who voted for this administration.

The lyrics were intentionally written to be interpreted to be between two lovers, one who is a narcissist bent on destruction. The other is attracted to the display of strength but ultimately when you break what you can not fix, everyone suffers.

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