"Vanity" is a song by Lacey Sturm, featuring Propaganda, that is featured on Sturm's first solo album, Life Screams. The dialogue was written by Lacey and Josh Sturm.

Background Edit

On December 1st, 2015, they announced that "Vanity and Rot" were to be two tracks on Life Screams; "Vanity" now being a dialogue before the song "Rot". On November 27th, 2015, Sturm had Tweeted: "Just listened to the album versions of Vanity&Rot. I cried, it was so powerful. Thx @prophiphop for playing my antagonist. Freedom's in it."

Lyrics Edit

Lacey: I don't think I want to do this anymore.

Propaganda: Look, you want me to ask for forgiveness again and again like you're telling me my love isn't complete. I say it’s more like a run order. I guess, I guess I don't have the right to ask for forgiveness then right.

Lacey: I want to believe what I heard somewhere a long time ago that, that love is free and kind. And you're tryin to act like you're all humble and wise, but what you call love is destroying my life and it's destroying your soul if you ever had one. I, I don't think you even know what it means to love or to be loved.

Propaganda: Destroying your life? ... See look, look, we've got only so much to learn. It’s like the strength of your new words: they seem perfect and then they corner us like this, like this Leonidas Curse with a Midas Touch and it's Mighty Rum. Listen, this is the real; that gritty, gory, gorgeous, it’s like, it’s like coco butter mixed with sand paper, see this is love.

Lacey: Of course, your, your words so enticing, and the imagery like some Messiah living and dying for me and then acting and saving me. But wait, what about the freedom that truth brings? What about the protection that love brings?

Propaganda: See, oh, oh, yeah, so, so this is your kiss to send me off right? Like I ain’t been no shelter? Like the bruises on your arms ain’t no badges of honor? And these ornery onlookers, they keep questioning my methods but look, this mean I am in your atriums like ancient drums. You used to dance with me. Why can’t you just dance with me?

Lacey: Shelter? ... You mean slavery?

Propaganda: Slavery? You owe me your life.

Lacey: I don't belong to anyone but me!

Propaganda: Wait, which, which one of us is being selfish here?

Lacey: Who can be selfish? I can't owe what you never gave and the love you gave was never love.

Propaganda: Wait, you, you, you trying to rob me out? You will always owe me. You are gonna alway live through my sacrifices. You will always know my sacrifices

Lacey: You don't know anything about love. You're twisted and warped. You're so full of your own lies.