lifeblood: songs: tether


whatever it was
is wasn't manumission
to spill the blood
to pull the weed
you can bury the past
but it's a mausoleum
with the ghost of a fist
that won't let us be

can we bring it together
can we call from the mountain
to the valley below
can we make it better
do we tether the hawk
or do we tether the dove

i kicked up the dirt
and i said to my neighbor
we keep making it worse
we keep getting it wrong
he tucked in his shirt
he stood a little bit straighter
we need a few less words dear
we need a few more guns

but will it bring us together
can we call from the mountain
to the valley below
can we make it better
do we tether the hawk
or do we tether the dove

enduring love
why so much
and so strong
beyond this short existence
don't be still
you say there's a long line behind you
and it's hardly worth the mentioning
but i will
cause we may flicker and fade
but we never will be through with this

i see this world
battered but not broken
there's a fallow heart it's
waiting on a sowing hand
and you can grow what you want
but one day it's gonna rise up
so plant what you need
to make a better stand

and we'll bring it together
and we'll call from the mountain
to the valley below
and we'll make it better
let go of the hawk
we let go of the dove

now i sing to you
(can we bring it together)
all you true believers
(all you true believers)
(can we call from the mountain)
with the strength to see this
(to the valley below)
and not be still
i'm telling you now
(i'm telling you now)
(will it get any better)
find the hope that feeds you
(find the hope that feeds you)
(do we tether the hawk)
don't let 'em bleed you
(do we tether the dove)
of your will

words and music by amy ray


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