“This song was written for all the survivors of abuse. You are not alone.”

Last week, singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm made allegations against Swans frontman Michael Gira, claiming that he raped her in 2008 while they were working on her album Parplar and subsequently dropped him from his label Young Gods after she confronted him. Today, Grimm shares a track ‘I Don’t Believe’, a song she’s dedicated to survivors of sexual assault abuse.

Gira has since called the incident in question an “awkward mistake” after he and his wife both made statements that Larkin’s accusations were untrue.

‘I Don’t Believe’ lyrics:

I don’t believe you ever could be
So like those men around you.
So hungry.

I don’t believe you ever think about it
But you remember words like they were more than music.

I don’t believe you could ever be that way
Addicted to the pleasure, the things that people say.
I wrote this poem for you on your birthday,
Your mother read the poem
And said it couldn’t be you
Nothing so beautiful
Could come from something I made.
I don’t believe you.

I don’t believe you
You hear your mother cry
I wish that I could die
I wish that you would die too
So I could play outside
I could be free with you.
I don’t believe you.

I don’t believe you need to think about it
But you remember words like they were more than music.
You hear the words I’m speaking as more than poetry.

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