It's Hard To Have Hope

by Svalbard

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1.
If nobody pays for it, no one gets paid for it and who can afford to go unpaid but the rich? An unpaid internship is not an opportunity, it’s a risk, a risk for those without a bedroom in a family home where they can stay rent-free whilst you bleed them to the bone I’m sorry this job is only available to those who can afford to go a month without income Can’t you see? Can’t you see? When you open the gates to your massive company do you want a CV? or would the deeds to a trust fund prove more necessary? You may only have this work experience if you can afford to work for free Can’t you see? Can’t you see? How this prevents the poor from opportunities? Your reputation is not currency! Do you know how it feels when the door is shut? When there’s no feasible way at all of moving up? When every job requires experience and that always is given to someone well off Without a dime, how cruel it is to have dreams When they’ve sewn up every possibility
2.
Revenge Porn 06:15
They assume it’s your fault for being “a slut” They assume it’s your fault for being willing to trust They assume it’s your fault but it is not Sending nudes is not a crime, distributing them without consent is Girls held at ransom over an act of intimacy No longer his girlfriend, do they no longer deserve dignity? Private photos so maliciously leaked, they only serve to kill off women’s self esteem How many have been left feeling too humiliated to seek help? Broken by digital torment and desperate to get out No matter what anyone sends to you, it is not your property to share A naked body is not a tradable commodity What gives you the right to think that it’s fair? A relationship ends so you rip their dignity to shreds with explicit images, in the vulgar name of revenge Held at ransom over an act of intimacy No longer his girlfriend, do they no longer deserve dignity? “If I cannot be with you then I must ruin you?” What gives you the right to be so callous and brutal? How many have been left feeling too humiliated to seek help? Broken by digital torment and desperate to get out For years it has been a criminal offence but privacy protocols are written by men and they often fail to spot the loop holes that permit the exploitation of women Once an image is leaked it’s so hard to remove If laws do not change things will never improve Where is protection for the victim? Where is the justice for those not consenting? Where is protection for the women?
3.
Feminazi 04:19
Feeling degraded because you harassed me but if I speak out will you call me a Nazi? Will you liken reactions to your misogyny with one of the world’s most horrific atrocities? As soon as you utter that phrase you associate feminism with something so hated, so undesirable but wrapping our words up in thorns will not make them undiscussable Feminists and fascists are not the same thing Standing up for your rights doesn’t make you right wing Speaking out against the women haters that bares no similarity with being a dictator Yet with those slurs that you are smearing do you seriously think that you can make feminism unappealing? You can’t assault a person, then insult them for reacting We are merely fighting for equality Isn’t it obvious? We don’t want power We don’t want mass murder We don’t want to lock all the men in a chamber Why can’t you see that there is nothing similar between being victimized and being Hitler? How dare you insult us for being vigilant! How dare you insult us for trying to make a difference! Call me a feminazi, I’ll call you ignorant
4.
Pro-Life 04:44
Hey girls, all life begins at fertilisation but yours ends at unwanted impregnation You see, the embryo deserves a chance but the pregnant girl does not She must be cursed with unwanted motherhood, this must be her punishment The embryo deserves a chance but the pregnant girl does not Protect the egg inside because you’re “pro-life” No regard for the woman on the outside, the poor girl who knows she can’t provide The struggling mother who wants to die Is she not worth protecting? Is hers not a life? Where the hell are you drawing the line? Why does an unborn baby deserve more rights? Is she not worth protecting? Is hers not a life? This body is mine, so the decision is mine How dare you dictate that I cannot terminate these unexpected cells inside Is it pro-life to have no rights? To bear unwanted children in the name of Jesus Christ?
5.
Two senseless figures on the rise: The number of animals in shelters and the amount of money paid to breeders Why don’t people want to adopt a mongrel? Why are they so fixated on the make and the model? Does it matter to you if a dog’s brand new? Has a second-hand animal diminished in value? But a rescue dog is not a car with mileage, it’s an abandoned life with nowhere to go It’s a beating heart crying out for a home They are the most desperate but they are viewed as the least desirable For every thousand-pound puppy there’s a thousand homeless dogs in need What good reason is there to not adopt? Who is behind designer dogs? Bred in a way that cannot breathe? You’re forsaking its health for the sake of the breed When are we going to stop playing God? When are we going to save what we’ve got?
6.
As a teenage girl, no one ever told me to not accept it As a teenage girl, I learned the hard way to expect it As a teenage girl, no one ever told me what to do When you see your favourite band and a group of men surround you and in the crush of the crowd they try to touch between your legs They aggressively grope at your breasts What should be a joyous shared experience becomes their opportunity to molest As a teenage girl, no one said I should speak out As a teenage girl, no one said I could seek help When I was watching a band and I was unable to fight off his hands Paralyzed by the shock of forceful attention that I didn’t want Is this just what happens at shows? Is this a depressing rite of passage for every music loving girl? All come forward Come forward We need to raise awareness Just because we’re at a gig that doesn’t mean that you can touch us Everyone, come forward Come forward We need to raise awareness How do we make it stop? Because even if we do report They say our claims are invalidated by a lack of “hard evidence”, then they wonder why the victims feel silenced If it’s in a dark alley or it’s in a mosh pit, it’s still sexual assault, how do we stop it?
7.
I smile to trick the fear inside me I smile to seem like I’m improving but the brave grin does not go in A surface layer painted on the skin of a body that is facing uncertainty Yesterday I chased a dream Now I just want to be able to sleep Suddenly riddled with incapability Funny how illness changes everything Never really believed in believing until I had to believe I would get better and that was all I had, no knowledge or progress, just hope, wafer thin hope Clung onto with a fist Must try not to damage it I must believe and even if I don’t get better Thanks for sitting with me while I cried Thanks for easing the hours when I was too weak to stand Thanks for all the little detours where we wandered off together and found things more important than what we want Those are truly treasured moments and believe me I know that it’s hard to have hope but I will try not to die until I am dead I will try not to die until I am dead I may be aching and exhausted but life’s not over yet So it doesn’t hurt to hope and it will never hurt to try Try not to die until you’re dead
8.
Iorek 02:16
(Instrumental)

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released May 25, 2018

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