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Marsha G
can a smile be so eloquent and linger
I hear your laughter trickle on
a watercolor angel with a baby on your knee
you are so much more than words set in a song

so why were you stolen back to places we can’t go
and how’d she give you up
a nightgown’d girl left in the snow
I’d love to give you all you didn’t get
you gave so much to me
my words aren’t strong enough to reach you…Marsha G

children’s cards and pretty things no longer
absence only makes the need grow stronger
for a girl who held us all like a mother
and who finally found so many arms to hold her

how’d you stand so tall, with nothing under you
do you sing your song, the way we used to
I’ve kept your pictures and your stories
and try to take your lead
we’d scream to heaven just to see you…Marsha G

and I guess there ain’t no reason
no plan I’d understand
to tell me why you’re gone
you’ve left your flowers growing brighter
see how your tenderness lives on
they’ll sing their own song - on
they’ll sing their own song
on and on, on and on
ooh

children’s cards and pretty things
get tucked away with diamond rings
no helping hands to calm their fears
to clear the plates, to dry their tears

how do we explain
that she’s gone away
how do we explain
that she’s gone away
gone away
ooh

Digging My Own Grave
darkness come and hide my face
now the tears have all run dry
left my love behind today
now I’m digging my own grave
now I’m digging my own grave
ooh ooh…
seemed so simple yesterday
hands and conscience felt so clear
now there’s dirt under my nails and
this shovel’s heavy as my fear
this shovel’s heavy as my fear
ooh ooh…
now I would give all that I own to feel you run into my arms
god bless the days we had when our hearts were beautiful
before I blamed myself for losing you
what’s this death defying game that we play
can’t find the sense in this life anyway
I know I’ve got to let you go away
but I’m still searching for the light you gave

guess there’s no one else to blame
just this nameless thief I can’t explain
it’s just easier to take the pain
brings you back to me again
brings a piece of you everyday
cause
now I would give all that I own to feel you run into my arms
god bless these days we had when our souls were beautiful
before I blamed myself for losing you
before I blamed myself for losing you
before I tried to fade away with you
my soul is torn
my soul is torn
my soul is torn

Aimee
december unfurled with bright dance hall girls,
the party came dressed in black –
shake hands and make plans, compare wedding bands,
run faster – don’t look back –
cuz the stories fly by as we rage and we cry –
hope the baby sleeps thru the night –
aimee, I won’t sing you that other song.
I like pretending that nothing’s wrong and no one’s gone,
but it’s hard to keep trying!

so we all go our ways, nice calls go unmade,
the baby crawled to a run –
see ya later my friend, not really sure when,
so much to do left undone –
I keep seein’ your face in the ordinary place –
sang the birthday song to your son.
aimee, I won’t sing you that other song.
I like pretending that nothing’s wrong and no one’s gone,
but it’s hard to keep trying!

but I hear it like a sad lullaby as a mother calls out her final goodbye –
can’t believe it; how wrong happens to right – can we make it thru the dark,
can we make it thru the dark and into the light?
aimee, I won’t sing you that other song.
I like pretending that nothing’s wrong and no one’s gone;
but it’s hard to keep lyin’.
I like pretending that nothing’s wrong and no one’s gone if it’ll keep you from cryin’.
I like pretendin’ that nothin’s wrong and no one’s gone, but it’s hard to keep tryin’.

Something’s Comin’
well there’s something a comin’ - and it ain’t slow
well there’s something a comin’ – to free your soul
you gotta clean up every corner
pull your heart from the shadows
well something’s comin’ - come to free your soul
you gotta reach out for your sister
take the hand of your brother
hold the child a little closer
feel the river roll
see the pain of your neighbour
don’t need no judging any longer
well something’s comin’ - come to free your soul
hear the holy bugle blow
scream the battle cry
let the people know that
love won’t pass them by
wash his feet in the water
don’t need to grieve any longer, no
well something’s comin’, come to free your soul
let me tell you, something’s comin’
something’s comin’
something’s comin’
something’s comin’
something’s comin’ - gonna free your soul
you gotta tell it to your mother
run and tell it to your father
go and tell it to your sister
go and tell it to your brother
something’s comin’ – come to free your soul.

Edmonton
she brought her glass tea cup
red as gypsy’s blood
to a place where her shadows, might just fade away –
but the kids called her names for not talkin’ the same and the school sent her home for throwing that stone at a boy speaking hate he could not, - should not – understand.
never talked ‘bout religion, never said too much about her past
why such a young pretty girl, learned how to run so fast.
take, a trip, across the water – find us a world with something better – I can’t tell you my sweet child why we’ve gotta run – all the way to Edmonton
speak in english not secrets – go to work til’ the sun sets – knowing anything’s better together here than what we left behind –
then she met her young husband, had 3 lovely children, she cooked like her mother, so safe in the kitchen – while harry sits with his bottle, in the empty yard
I don’t have no religion; i left it behind in my past – she thinks ‘bout the other girls who couldn’t, run as fast –
take, a trip, across the water – find us a world with something better – I can’t tell you my sweet child why we’ve gotta run – all the way to Edmonton
take, a trip, across the water, find us a world with something better

I can’t tell you my sweet child, why we’ve gotta run – all the way to Edmonton.

Save Me
quietly, there’s no one to see I’m just stuck here watching myself, on the stained carpet floor by the broke plywood door just waiting for some saviour to save, please save me, please save me, and we roam the school halls, the parking lots, hide ourselves in makeup she left behind, sing our souls to the radio behind a closed door, don’t let no one catch what’s on the inside, can’t even see myself in the mirror, just some desperate stranger looking back at me - bent with teenage shame, playing a secret game of invisible and wanting to be seen; can you see me? do you really, do you really see me?
and oh your tired sad eyes cut through my skin, I turned to face the crime on my hands,
but you did not run away, you were seeking truth anyway, and you let me in

so we made the crawl to smoky basement halls, found your friend on christmas on the floor - heard your piece of the pain the things you couldn’t say except to strangers who wouldn’t ask anymore, but it was something, we sure were something, big and little seeking a remedy, and you gave all that your disease would allow but it meant the world to me, I know you see me, see me, I’d chase your car in bare feet down the cold morning street, sing with joni and james in those kitchen floor days, we had something, we all lost something, we all gave something, we could still find something, we could still find, we could still find something, we could still find something, there ain’t no debt to repay
and oh your tired sad eyes cut through my skin, i turned to face the crime on my hands, but you did not run away, you were seeking truth anyway and you let me in
I’d chase your car in bare feet down the cold morning street, our crime’s in our heads anyway

Heaven
ooh would you take me up to heaven
far above my broken boots below
free to taste the wine of glory
where my love don’t say goodbye no more
no one’s ever called me pretty
cannot heal this wounded skin
and my hands are cold and empty
my life spent waiting at some door to be let in
I can hear her sweet voice callin’
quiet breath upon my skin
but now the memories are faded
written in some book I never read
and I stopped waiting for the sunshine
don’t make no difference to me now
there’s no one waiting up the stair climb
still leave your shirt upon my bed
ooh ooh…
and I’d hold you in the winter dark
the only truth I’ve ever known
wish I could fly you to the stars above
seems a shame you had to fly-all alone
think I’ll wait to see the sunrise
hear the games that children play
I’m tired of living on the inside
I think I’ll die another day
and I’d hold you in the winter dark
the only truth I’ve ever known
wish I could fly you to the stars above
seems a shame you had to fly all alone
seems a shame you had to fly alone
seems a shame you had to fly alone
can’t believe you left me all alone

I Do
well I was hopin’ to be hopeful, walked the razor’s edge for years
dressed in black in self-promotion of my fears –
walked right up cuz you looked pretty, tell me
what’s your name my dear? could we dance away the darkness ever near –
thru all the pretty words and roses, thru our pain and joy so clear,
past the words shot out like thunder to my ear –
and if we both should fall like children, crying sweet and bitter tears;
well “I love you”’s not so simple, but I do – you know
“I love you”’s not so simple, but I do –

as the years go past we run so fast – can’t slow this train down, no –
things we thought we had just slip away, ‘til new ones come to stay –
we’re more like children everyday –
and if we both should fall like children, crying sweet and bitter tears;
well “I love you”’s not so simple, but I do – you know
“I love you”’s not so simple, but I do –

oh and my oh my you still look pretty, tired eyes still see the stars. feelin’ strong from holdin’ babies and guitars –
and if we both should fall like children, crying sweet and bitter tears;
well “I love you”’s not so simple, but I do – you know
“I love you”’s not so simple, but I do –
oh you know “I love you”’s not so simple, but I do –

(outro)
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Real
if you see me slipping down again just grab my hand and pull me in and shine the light that wears the shadows thin –
because emptiness is taking me to places that I shouldn’t be; I may be older but not wise enough to see how I carry that which kills me like some precious holy thing, when all I really need is close enough to feel… can you pull me to what’s real.
I’m so sick of playing this tired old song when there’s a million other things more wrong- a slave to fiction when slavery still abounds – how many precious voices pounded down cause your skin, your face, your sex is wrong, yeah, you can sing for us but don’t stay past your song. and I can see james (brown) in pale moon light dance for the cops, his smile so tight – they cut his soul that night, oh god, how much did they steal? but they couldn’t take what’s real.
and the millions still cry and some think there ain’t much wrong, but sometimes all you’ve got is your voice and a song.
how did you find the courage to sing your song? how’d you fight for freedom when you had none? your smile so true yet they spit in your face, afraid of the skin of the human race – lost so much in that war somewhere and the
man still wouldn’t cut your hair – your body broken in ways scars couldn’t show – angel leave your pain below –
sing your soul to freedom, take your soul to freedom, sing and don’t be afraid – angels talk in music anyway –
find out what is real, hold on to what’s real, sanctify what’s real, your beauty is what’s real.

Precious One
and if you’re ever lonely, I will be your shadow
and if you’re made to feel ashamed, I will raise you up
you are my precious one, shining brightly burning sun
don’t you ever feel ashamed to show them what it is to –
sing too loud
make your own name
run so fast to feel the wind on your face
let the diamond tears just fall, fall, fall –
cuz we’ll still be here when all the cryin’s done
to believe in the invisible
to hold the hand of my precious one
I saw ya dancin’ on a dark gym floor
in angelic solitude, and I could not love you more
but words cast like stones can break more than bones
and I saw your bright light fade
and I prayed you wouldn’t give yourself away
because all them thieves they just keep taking anyway
oh you know, you know, you know you gotta -
sing too loud
make your own name
run so fast to feel the wind on your face
let the diamond tears just fall, fall, fall –
cuz we’ll still be here when all the cryin’s done
to believe in the invisible
to hold the hand of my precious one
ain’t no sin to be afraid
say that you don’t know
and lose your way
they don’t know the price you paid
because prophets pills and peers play some deadly games
but you’re still beautiful
if you’re ever lonely, I will be your shadow
and if you’re made to feel ashamed, I will raise you up
cuz you are my precious one
shining brightly burning sun
they don’t know the price you paid or the gift you gave
such a bright holy angel on cold lonely way
but you’re still beautiful
you’re still beautiful to me

Cross The River
swim cross the river and lighten your load,
swim cross the river so true-
leave your burden behind you or sink like a stone,
your love’s across waiting for you,

oh, your sweet love’s across waiting for you.
now I knew an angel with leopard skin shoes,
she’d dance in the streets and school halls-
now we all scream in silence for the joy that we knew,
and I can’t hear those shoes anymore,
no, I won’t hear those shoes anymore.
sweet one give me courage, I got sins on my hands,
I fear the dark waters below,
so many reached out for this crumblin’ man,
but my hands stayed in pockets so cold,
yes my hands stayed in pockets so cold.
now a beautiful baby brought joy back again,
and what shall we name her my friend?
“her name’s resurrection” the angel did say,
and she’ll dance to a song without end,
oh she’ll dance to a song without end.
swim cross the river and lighten your load,
swim cross the river so true-
leave your burden behind you or sink like a stone,
your love’s across waiting for you,

oh your sweet love’s across waiting for you,
your sweet love’s across waitin’ for you.