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Wrong Things Right

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I stole a book from the library full of stories for you to read to me,
such as Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.
I tore the binding on the pavement as I dropped it in my clean escape
atop the roses and the gates that keep the books in.
And I recall how you looked at me.
You said, “There’s one thing in this world that’s free.”

The very next morning I took that book,
and I hopped across the worded wall
and paid away my fine of twenty dollars and thirty cents.
I don’t think it was evil, perhaps a little less than kosher,
and I wanted to be someone who deserved to be with you.

And we will fight while we’re young enough to try.
And we will fight to make the wrong things right.
And we will fight to make the wrong things right.

I saw an owl in a tree, and I remembered what he’d said to me,
how he’d never leave me hanging out on a branch alone.
And as I walk across this river and the blues build up inside my soul,
I’ll sing ’em out, and they will turn to ecstasy.

And we will fight while we’re young enough to try.
And we will fight to make the wrong things right.
And we will fight to make the wrong things right.

You know, sometimes when I sleep at night
and a blanket won’t quite warm my feet,
I toss and turn, and I wonder what will become of me.
’Cause twenty years goes by
much faster than it did when I was a child,
and I’d like for them to say, “He lived deliberately.”

And we will fight while we’re young enough to try.
And we will fight to make the wrong things right.
And we will fight to make the wrong things right.

Approaching is the day when I will stand before the whitewashed fence
as naked as a Christmas tree out by the road in spring.

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from I Have Seen the End, released October 21, 2016

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