Dark Dark Dirt

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dark dark dirt

(Charles IV Dauphin after meeting Joan of Arc:)

i had a song to sing
it grew inside like a seed, flinging
the dark dark dirt
from my mind

i had a song to sing
but the more i stay silent, the more it flees
into the dark dark dirt
of my mind

but she comes to me
and suddenly i can hear
the lines i am to speak
the part i am to play
on this holy stage

still if i stand so tall
really i will be nothing at all
and the silks and the colors and the passions
don’t want to go
they want the room in my heart to be furnished
and comfortable

and how could i be a king
over such a great and larger thing
as this whole warring land?
when my own inner lands
will not obey my command.

she asks me to lead
she tells me the angels need
hearts of golden courage for their plans
you’d think that’d feel more royal to this man
but really it’s a lonesome place
to stand


from What Sings, released September 7, 2019


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Jen Zimberg Hudson, New York

singer/songwriter, modern folk

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