Anthem Of The Scavengers

by Duncan Jones

A lost gazelle who’s been run out by the buffalo and the wildebeest and the zebras meets a questionable vulture who keeps the company of some other questionables. He gives her some questionable advice …

It hurts to feel ignored and not included
I used to ask them all, “Can I come play?”
I begged, and I implored, but I was deluded
Looking back … every day was not my day

With time to spare I learned to fly, yes I did
And now they see me in the sky, decided
We never made amends, so no, we are not friends
Though when we meet again I’ll be delighted …

They consider me symbol of such negativities
They never called my name, how I wanted
Conveniently forgotten out of all festivities
Now if they make it through the night their days are haunted

For soon enough they’ll learn what lies ahead …
When I swoop down upon their end and final bed
Some curse, some apologize, when they look into my eyes
“Either way,” I say, “I’m gonna eat you when you’re dead!”

I don’t care what you say now
I don’t care what’s been said
The only thing I care about
Is what time you’ll be dead

Don’t care for who you used to be
Whether nice or one to dread
The only thing I care about now
Is eating you when you’re dead

Perhaps it was my striking, stunning features
As if created by some lunatic cartoonist
Meant to scavenge, they call us lowly creatures
But on my resumé my title’s “opportunist”

So one day I chose to choose to not feel slighted
And look forward to the time when we’re united
Now when they are no longer, we’re together, and I’m stronger
So when I see the slightest limp I get excited

The hyena’s always laughing because she gets the bigger joke
She’s been called a coward, thief, but she is clever
The crocodile is smiling because he meets a lot of folk
They come in for a drink and stay forever

Come take a walk among the nasty born and bred
Certain skins and reputations can’t be shed
Darling, do you get my gist? Some names are just not on the list
But that’s ok, we’ll eat them when they’re dead

We don’t care what you say now
We don’t care what’s been said
The only thing we care about
Is what time you’ll be dead

Don’t care for who you used to be
Whether nice or one to dread
The only thing we care about now
Is eating you when you’re dead

When you find yourself alone in life and sad
And it feels as though you’re universe is cursed
Just look down on all the others and be glad
There’s a good chance someone else is dying first

When the herds are gone and no one has been fed
When it’s so hot with such mirages they’re misled
When the night has left the grasses dark and red
We show up and eat them when they’re dead

We don’t care what you say now
We don’t care what’s been said
The only thing we care about
Is what time you’ll be dead

Don’t care for who you used to be
Whether nice or one to dread
The only thing we care about now
Is eating you when you’re dead

Yes we’ll always have enough
Our life is great when times are tough
Because …
We’re the ones who eat you when you’re dead

I’ve never chased or fought or bled
I’d rather sit and wait instead
Because …
We’re the ones who eat you when you’re dead

Sweetness, spend some time with me
And you’ll always eat for free
Because …
We’re the ones who eat you when you’re dead

We turn your dark sky grayer
We are no one’s answered prayer
Because …
We’re the ones who eat you when you’re dead

Just hope you have an appetite
For the most disgusting things in sight
Because …
We’re the ones who eat you when you’re dead