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​Victim or the Crime

This song is by Grateful Dead and appears on the album Built to Last (1989).

Patience runs out on the junkie
The dark side hires another soul
Did he steal his fate or earn it?
Was he force-fed, did he learn it?
Whatever happened to his precious self control?

Like him, I'm tired of trying to heal
This tomcat heart with which I'm blessed
Is destruction loving's twin?
Must I chose to lose or win?
Maybe when my turn comes, I will have guessed

These are the horns of the dilemma
What truth is proof against all lies?
When sacred fails before profane
The wisest man is deemed insane
Even the purest of romantics compromise

What fixation feeds this fever?
As the full moon pales and climbs
Am I living truth or rank deceiver?
Am I the victim or the crime?
Am I the victim or the crime?
Am I the victim or the crime?
Or the crime?

And so I wrestle with the angel
To see who'll reap the seeds I sow
Am I the driver or the driven?
Will I be damned to be forgiven?
Is there anybody here but me who needs to know?

What fixation feeds this fever?
As the full moon pales and climbs
Am I living truth or rank deceiver?
Am I the victim or the crime?
Am I the victim or the crime?
Am I the victim or the crime?
Or the crime?

Music by:

Bob Weir

Lyrics by:

Gerrit Graham and Bob Weir