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A hundred years ago, great-granny found a way to leave
the elven masters who owned our entire family
She heard the Earth was full of humans just like we once were
Before as changelings we were taken and re-bred to serve

The timing came before her 16th birthday
when the Elves would have magically implanted
Her virgin uterus with an embryonic bouquet
that would grow a generation when demanded

Us neohumans were genetically reorganized
Before her mother's mother slept inside her mother's pouch
We lost an orifice to bioengineering
For slaves were not permitted recreation breeding

Her legend survives long after her life
Mum says that my eyes hold some of her shine
And I'll be the hand that claims restitution for
all the dreams she could not afford

I may be an outsider but not for long
I pass as a human when I play along
Some day I'll be loved by an insider boy
Who'll see me as woman and not a decoy

'bout eighty years ago, great-granny bought some human seed
And Mother's mother was the first of us born finally free
She never learned a word of Elvish and good riddance too
We live as humans now. We look just like you.

Gramma had to spend her 16th birthday
Finding a second job to pay her mother's health fees
Turns out your universe is ... carcinogenic
Your food half-poison, and you blight us with a strong sneeze

After her autopsy, the refugee insurance group
at last allowed us to be added to their Xeno-plan
We keep that private from our neighbors and our lovers
For we still thirst for social capital with your clan

Her legend survives long after her life
Mum says that my eyes hold some of her shine
And I'll be the hand that claims restitution for
all the dreams she could not afford

I may be an outsider but not for long
I pass as a human when I play along
Some day I'll be loved by an insider boy
Who'll see me as woman and not a decoy

Mum got us to the middle class mostly legally
brokering curses for those with the cash
In the day she ran a laundromat and studied accounting
She raised me as our family's clap back.

Let Destiny find I'm worthy to rise
Mum says that my future outweighs any price
And I'll be the hand that claims restitution for
all the dreams she could not afford

I may be an outsider but not for long
I pass as a human when I play along
Some day I'll be loved by THAT insider boy
Who'll see me as woman and not a decoy

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from Refugees from the Otherworld, released May 30, 2022

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Psyche Corporation New York, New York

Psyche Corporation is a cyber/steampunk band fronted by a former Ladies of Steampunk model, who combines dance with a powerhouse vocal range. Hailing from a future where neuroprosthetics allow for dream downloads, the band’s style spans trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music, with themes both dystopian and lighthearted, e.g. “Perl-Operated Boy”. ... more

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