Leaning into the Afternoons

Sea

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(Birmingham, 2005)

I had a big idea
I had a crazy eye
I broke the sacred seal
I told a lazy lie
I’ve had my conscience bent
I’ve had my patience tried
I’ve been up in the desert
And down by the riverside

Will the eagle try,
If the sky’s untrue?
Do faithful lovers sigh,
Because they are so few?
Remember when I cried?
Remember when you knew?
Remember that look in your eyes?
I know I do

And count the stars to measure time
The earth is hard, but the treasure fine
At the sea, I wait on my knees

Feel it coming in
Feel it going out
Water purges skin
Love covers doubt
So I begin again
Again, your silent vow
There was a time when I might have surrendered
But not now

Consult the cards to measure mine
The earth is hard, but the treasure fine
At the sea, I wait on my knees

And count the stars to measure time
The earth is hard, but the treasure fine
At the sea, I wait on my knees

At the sea, I wait on my knees