Drive by Fires

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This day was like any other
any other day this one like another
castle briars bristle-stickin’
keeping the inside inside, tight like a bird in fright
‘fraid to let go and lowly go let it go let it
go go go go go go —

“go!” said the light before me, and
“wait”, said the siren’s plaintive cry,
and “look!” said the smoke
“look I am sudden ruthless and
hurriedly burning you”

And the people were scrambling for their lives
and the people were scrambling for their lives
and the people were scrambling for their lives
and the drive by fires brought water to my eyes

You stirred me deep as you burned me sweet
and then piece by piece I let it blaze in

We walk as though we know where we’re steppin’
We go as though we’re the ones in charge…
Help me remember
as i’m running, I’m running
remember as I run by you too
quick to fire blink
quick to burn brick home
up and gone
up and gone…
Help me remember
it can be gone so fast
help me remember
all that has gone past
help me see
i am here just to hear how to be
i am here just to hear how to be
i am here just to hear how to be
i am here how to
i am here just to be
just to simply Be

When we’re all just scrambling for our lives
help the drive-by fires bring water to our eyes…

Castle briars bristle-stickin
keeping the inside inside, tight like a bird in fright
‘fraid to let go and lowly go let it go let it
go go go go go go —
“Go!” said the light before me, and
“Wait”, said the siren’s plaintive cry,
and “Look!” said the smoke
“look I am sudden ruthless and
hurriedly burning you”

When we’re all just scrambling for our lives
help the drive-by fires bring water to our eyes…

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from The Code of the Flowers, released September 9, 2016

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