a foretaste

Posted on July 19, 2009

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Derek Webb – American Flag Umbrella

I’m building a house on the limb
I need something that could stop a war
but I’m going to sit on all sides by extremists with eyes on my heart, so I lied to everyone

and I’ve lied to so many lovers
and I’ve gotten away with it, too
but if God is against us then who can be for us, my friends, there’s justice for everyone

and please take your hands off my brother
please take your laws off my lover
the agents of love should always be blind and on time, ’til there’s freedom for everyone

and where are your American brothers?
American before they were named
they’re a huddling mass with no oceans to cross for our shores, where there’s fortune for everyone

oppression is always oppression
no matter the reasons or means
for skin or for sex, by stares or by fist, it’s the same, there’s blinders on everyone

I’ve looked through the eyes of my father
and I’ve walked through Lincoln’s backyard
and there’s still a backseat when you ride on the bus through this town, there’s color on everyone

so we lie beneath the tree of no color
we get an American flag umbrella
keeps the elements out and it’s stuck to the ground in this place, but there’s room for everyone

oh, I know a way out of hell
we raise all our enemies children
after they’ve murdered ours, we affix all their scars to our walls, there’s heartbreak for everyone

and in the end it will all be okay
that’s what the wise men tell us
so if it’s not okay, then it’s not the end, oh my friends, there’s hope for everyone

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