Where Life Runs Thin

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Driving through the intersection in the rain
Cardboard boxes on an empty plain
Faded billboards swaying in the wind
See the nodding donkeys broken down
Scattered like weeds on the stony ground
You've come to the place where life runs thin
Where life runs thin

Here among the clustered towers of glass
Tombstones rising from a field of ash
Ayn Rand's paradise beckons you in
Vacant lots in the noonday sun
The freeway a desert where you see no-one
And nothing breaks the spell where life runs thin
Where life runs thin

Some bits of paper in a broker's tray
In a city half a world away
Sucked you dry and left no life within
Made a desert of your community
Here in the land of opportunity
But nothing shakes your faith where life runs thin

I wish the world would leave me alone
I've got enough troubles of my own
It's every man for himself, sink or swim
We're all drowning in that same old sea
'Cause there's just one way, one philosophy
And it leads you to the place where life runs thin
Where life runs thin.