Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love)

Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love)

El-P (Ft. Cage)

The title is a reference to the legal concept of Habeas Corpus, which is the right to be informed of the reason for detention. Set on a prison ship that resembles the secret prisons employed by the United States throughout the Iraq war, the song is an exploration of the minds of those who work in secret prisons, carrying out human rights abuses, and, in the song, outright murder.

Fun fact: on Friday, October 13, 2006 El-P posted an excerpt of the song to his the promotional blogspot for this album, leaving out direct references to the subject’s status as a prisoner or the speaker’s position as a guard.