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Lyrical Excerpts From mewithoutYou’s New Album (Or, Why Aaron Weiss May Be My Favorite Lyricist Ever)

There’s no one here to believe but You
Everyone else is bound to leave but You
When they swear their love is real, they mean
“I like the way you make me feel”
There’s no one here to believe but You

“Can I tell Solomon the things I’ve learned?
Can I tell Solomon the things I’ve learned?”
“I’m sorry, friend, that’s none of my concern,
It’s time, it’s time to go.
Come now, David, where’s Uriah gone,
Stranded on the battlefield, the troops withdrawn?
Come now, David, where’s Uriah gone?
His time came to go.
Come now, David, where’s Bathsheba gone,
And where have your binoculars and rooftops gone,
And the unexpected baby-from-the-bath-night gone?
Their time came to go!
Come now, David, where’s everybody going?
Come now, David, where’s everybody going?
Come now, David, where’s everybody going?”

The Tortoise in the wheelchair wrapped his forehead in a bandage
Wore a plaster cast on his phony broken leg
So he’d get pushed around the sidewalk by the Zookeeper’s assistant
With the Hummingbird observing from behind a yellow Flower,
He flapped his tiny wings, they moved so fast you couldn’t see them,
With resentment for the Tortoise (which was clear by his expression)
But the Tortoise turned and smiled with a Peacefulness which proved
There’s a movement in our stillness and however much we move
We’re bound to stand completely still, stand completely still!
We’re bound to stand completely still, so let’s stand completely still!
Come, Tortoise, standing still
Go, Hummingbird, my will
Come, Tortoise, stumbling blind,
Go, Hummingbird, my eyes
Come, Tortoise, unrefined
Go, Hummingbird, my mind
Come, Tortoise, empty hands
Go, Hummingbird, my plans
Come, Tortoise, letting go
Go, Hummingbird, ‘I know’
Come, Tortoise, come and die
Go, Hummingbird, my I
Goodbye, I! Goodbye, I! Goodbye, I!

The night was cool and clear as glass
With a sneaking Snake in the garden grass
Deep cried out to Deep,
The disciples fast asleep
The snake perked up when he heard you ask,
“if You’re willing that this cup might pass…
but does not the Father guide the Son?
not my will but Yours be done!
what else here to do?
what else me but You?”
and the snake who’d held the world
a stick, a carrot, and a string,
was crushed beneath the Foot of
Your not wanting anything.

Lettuce grows, lettuce grows
In neatly sectioned beds and rows,
But one day asks the Gardener
To be moved to where the Eggplant grows,
“the reason being, I must confess,
I adore her shiny, purple dress!”
As Eggplant listened in,
She wasn’t offended but she wasn’t impressed,
While Potato called from underground,
“You’ve got it all turned upside-down!
Does the Rain that’s sent each spring anew
To fall on her not fall on you?”
…We all well know
We’re gonna reap what we sow
So may we old-fashionably suggest
The Unmarried not undress?
We all well know
We’re gonna reap what we sow
We all well know
What kind of crops are gonna grow
From each time you disrespect your parents
Oh, you’d better hope that we don’t hear it!
We all well know
We’re gonna reap what we sow
But Grace, we all know
Can take the place of all we owe
So why not let’s forgive
everyone,
everywhere,
everything!
all the time,
everyone,
everywhere,
everything!
ALL THE TIME!
EVERYONE!
EVERYWHERE!
EVERYTHING!

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