Redeemer


when I wore your faith like a hand-me-down
you expected that it wouldn't fit
if it's a little bit baggy, a little too long
gotta give it time, grow into it
now you act so surprised that the growing never stopped
& I show up in a different set of clothes
you can tear at my garments but I warn you my redemption
runs deeper than the vestments that I chose

(chorus)
so shout it to the heavens
my denial of your savior
when the straw that broke my aching back
was laid down by your behavior
in the circle where I stand now
through myself I'll be forgiven
& when I feel the power in my blood
I know that my redeemer liveth

yeah, I could have been a more careful girl
clenched my fist & bit my bleeding tongue
but now the woman inside says she's tired of being
every fucking thing to everyone
& I'm sorry you're hurt but I'm not sorry I spoke
I'm not sorry that I just called what I saw
cause I've learned when you calculate the price of every sentence
soon you don't open up your mouth at all

(chorus)

I call upon the east
so my voice will ring with truth & wisdom
call upon the south
to ignite passion in my hands
call upon the west
to accept the flow & ebb of water
call upon the north
for solid ground on which to stand
balance in the center reaching inward for the One
who is open to all corners & all sides
She knows that I have hurt you but She also knows that this faith
is something I no longer dare to hide

if you'd stopped me there, showed me I was rude
maybe then this guilt would ring more true
but then you wrote down your name with a final fervent wish
that I'd come round to be just like you
so you'll pray to your god that someday I'll know the fear
of a hateful selfish deity & kneel
but this world is my Goddess & she's in my every breath now
so tell me, what on earth could be more real?

(chorus 2x)

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