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The story is drawn from the history of Nikolai Ezhov, who was the architect of the Stalin-era purges. He was purged according to the same logic he invented.

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Your portraits are drawn without you
Yellowed without your age
All will go on about you
Others take up your stage

The staging of others' lives
The signing of others' crimes

What can you do but walk away and let it fall apart?
This logic had consumed you from the start
Your image fades
The writing's on the wall and in your pen
Confess it all again

Stop thinking that your secret's safe with those you called a friend
We've talked to them and know it's at an end
Your portrait falls
It's easier to give up now than stall
Confess it all again

Just sign this form and let your mem'ries drift away and die
The truth is just in some beholder's eye
Your image fades
The writing's on the wall and in your pen
Confess it all again

Your portraits are drawn without you
Gray with disgrace

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from Portraits Drawn Without You, released September 9, 2016

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Alexander Dubovoy California

Jazz singer/pianist and songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area

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