The Mountain Goats Song for Cleomenes Lyrics

73 years before the advent of the christian era
As rome was taking over any land within reach
Setting up proxy governmnents in the conquered lands
There lived one such man given just such a job
Gaius verres. go

A praetor held a position which operated on trust
He was to govern instead of the emperor himself
It was an easy easy privilege to abuse
And verres did so

He was the governor of agrigentum which we now know as sicily
And he stole everything that wasn't nailed down
Took improper advantage of other men's wives
The list goes on. trust me
Cicero wrote it all down

At syracuse verres welcomed a band of pirates
They all drank and danced and sang on the shore
And when the husband of one of verres's paramours
Came bringing a fleet of boats with him
Verius, clever, if diabolical, gave him a job
And enlisted the pirates to burn the whole fleet down

The boats burned in the sicilian harbor
The flames rose hundreds of feet into the air
We stood on the shore watching them burn we stood
On the shore, we heard the old songs. hey!

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