God's Sweet Time

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I waited for a melody, waited for a line
But got confused, the muse she lingered taking her sweet time.
She fin’lly blazed in my room one day when I was out to lunch
but you can see her scorch marks on the curtains and the couch.
That song’ll get written in God’s sweet time.

Went to the doctor and the doctor he sent me
To all the eager specialists to feast their minds on me
At church they dapped my head with oil and laid their hands on me
I cried a thousand prayers at night for the death of this disease
If it comes, then it comes in God’s sweet time

In God’s sweet time
In God’s sweet time
Couldn’t see the reason
Even less the rhyme
Locked inside this clock
and the gears they won’t stop grinding
What is this bitterness in God’s sweet time?

This town once pretended that when it lives or dies
Is just like any other thing; something it decides
Then the Williams kids all passed when those two cars collided;
the line of flowers at the front of the church was three caskets wide.

The needle that’s been prickin’ us and skippin’ across the vinyl
Is finally gonna catch the groove and ride the thin black line
When heaven comes to settle here; no one knows how long
But we’ll finally catch the song we’ve caught in snatches for so long
Our ears forever ringing to
Caught up swaying, swinging
God’s sweet time.


from The Last Laugh, released October 11, 2013



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