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Pity The Dead
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Written by: Greg Graffin
Released in: 1996
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There's a boy in crimson rags with a grimace and a spoon
And a little sullen girl face-up staring at the moon,
And there's no one around to hear their lonesome cries,
Then they pass away alone into the night.

Why do we pity the dead?
Are you churned by emotion from voices in your head?
Look at all the living and you'll ask yourself why,
Oh, why do we pity the dead?
Pity the dead!

Well, you've seen the disease, suffering and decay,
And you whisper to yourself blissfully "it's okay"
And you still refuse the possibility
That the dead are better off than we.

Why do we pity the dead?
Are you scared of the logic that swirls within your head?
Look at all the living and you'll ask yourself why,
Oh, why do we pity the dead?
Pity the dead!

Tell me what you see, tell me what you know.
Is there anyone who lives a painless life?
If there is show me so.

The destitute and famished,
Demonic and the banished,
Dejected and the ostracized,
The brainwashed and the paralyzed,
The conquered and objectified,
The few who see the other side,
Tell me what you see!
It's a mortal wretched cacophony.

In the end you may find there's no guiding subtle light,
No ancestors or friends, no judge of wrong or right,
Just eternal silence and dormancy
And a final everlasting peace...

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Album version
2:56 The Gray Race 6996-1 Europe 12" 2013
2:56 The Gray Race 6996-1 Europe 12" 2013
2:56 The Gray Race 6996-1 United States 12" 2010
2:56 The Gray Race 6996-2 Europe CD 2008
2:56 The Gray Race 88697101822 Germany CD 2007
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Live
2:59 Tested EPIT-69952 Europe CD 2008
2:59 Tested DRA 486986 1 Germany 2x12" 1997
2:59 Tested DRA 486986 2 Germany CD 1997
2:59 Tested Esca 6658 Japan CD 1997
2:59 Tested 486986-4 Turkey MC 1997
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Live from Aragon Ballroom 1996
The Grey Race - Video EP Europe DVD 2003
Live Loreley Festival 1996
The Grey Race - Video EP Europe DVD 2003
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2:56 The Gray Race DRA 483652 9 Germany CD 1996
2:56 The Gray Race A2 82870 United States CD 1996
2:56 The Gray Race 82870-2 | D 111751 United States CD 1996
2:56 The Gray Race 82870-2 United States CD 1996
2:56 The Gray Race 82870-2 United States CD 1996
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