Rotten Thomas Jefferson

We have so few heroes left

we love to knock them down

few can pass time’s test

no one’s safe under ground.

Would we exhume Christ if we could?

What do you think would be found?

Few can pass time’s test

no one’s safe under ground.

They dug up Thomas Jefferson

They dug up Thomas Jefferson

They dug up Thomas Jefferson

and they found rotten bones.

How long does it take before you can rest in peace?

Between the story of the legend and the man,

what’s the better read?

Isn’t fiction often more life-confirming than truth?

To dig up 200 years, this this this is not new.

They dug up Thomas Jefferson and they found rotten bones.

We make a saint lie in wait a full century

before we make them a saint for all of history.

And history is a tattered hand-me-down

no one’s safe underneath the ground

give me a shovel and dig up the dirt that will be found.

They dug up Thomas Jefferson

They dug up Thomas Jefferson

They dug up Thomas Jefferson

and all they found was rotten bones.

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