Was Is

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Was Is

What it is
Is what it was
Plus where it's been
And that’s because

What we know
Is who we are
We're made from nails
And bones and tar

It is what it is
A bundle of His
That’s the heart
And another part

Whatever parts
Can’t turn and run
Seldom heal
Or work as one

Work to shape
A fonder glow
Of praise and love
From high to low

What it is
Is standard biz
You work to rent
And drink the fizz

Without it this is
Simply that
Rent's unpaid
And the drink goes flat

So wear your job
Like cats wear black
Or the fizz is gone, Lord
And we can't have that

What we have
Is what we know
And all the little things that
you picked up along the way
Will surely slide right off the roof
and melt like snow in early May
If you don't

See the most in
Another noon
Our good deeds are
Washed away to soon

It's all about light
It's all about day and night
We have an imperfect
Almost perfect right

Takes the heat like an ove-glove
Like a flaming arrow shot
From a dove above

I'll hover here
To keep you free
Your guardian angel
Is dressed like me


Come, float across
This 'gator moat
You on my wings
Safe as a goat

Touch down
On the other side
Where I let you go
Your joy, my ride

I can leave you high ... and dry

Emancipation, deflection
The immaculate reception
Believe, Franco, believe


from Quiet Industry, released June 11, 2015



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