Yep, deep and moving. I like the personal stories in the early verses, which then shift to the wider, global comparison later. The concept of Neo-Rome is intriguing.
Just so you know, I write lyrics for my group, Jeremiah, as well as music. In fact since 1992 I've written most of the 60-odd songs that we perform and rehearse today ( plus 100-odd or so more ), so when it comes to lyrics, I like to get torn into something deep.
With songs that I don't know musically, it's sometimes hard to read lyrics and fix a rhythm or beat in my mind, but I can get a decent idea of that in this.
I can certainly see this printed on a CD insert or sleeve, and that's a good sign. Sometimes I see amateur lyrics online, and can't see them being any further than the back of a shopping bill.
The only negative comments I'd raise are against the couple of clichés that have slipped in: "hooker with a heart of gold", "Words that cut like the sharpest knife", "We can run but we can’t hide"...the kind of lines that we are more used to hearing in Phil Collins pop tunes. What you have here is more worthy than these lines suggest, and I'd seriously consider adjusting them to something of equal meaning, but more original. I of all people know how easy it is to lapse into cliché - it's easy, we know the meanings, we know our audiences will know what we mean too - but they're still cliché.
I might be tempted to shift the above lines to something like:
"a hooker whose heart hasn't yet been sold"
"words that burn like a branding iron"
"there's no safe house where we can hide" or "our safe house-keeper just up and died"...you get the kind of idea. That's just off the top of my head. Doubtless you can come up with better imagery that's more personal, and will scan better.
I'm also not entirely sure about the "Does Neo-Rome face the final curtain call?" line...suggesting that Neo-Rome is some sort of performer or actor may be what you intended. Curtain calls are usually a good thing for performers. Something like "Does Neo-Rome hear the fiddler's call", for some reason, comes to mind - alluding to Nero and the destuction of the old Rome.
Ironing out things like this is what makes songwriting exciting. I've spent hours with my band doing exactly that - each of us suggetsing words, phrases, interpretations, swallowing the Rhyming Dictionary, and teasing it all together to create something new, yet keep the original message intact.
That's my twoppence worth anyway.
I hope that's of some interest, and assistance. I certainly want to hear the recorded version of this some time