Clothe Yourself in Righteousness

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And when I do get dressed,
I want to think for a second.
Dress up for church
and dress down for the fellowship?

No. If its all God's Earth,
there's no place for irreverence.
Everything I do is prayer.

From cleaning my ears
to not combing my hair,
It's all love for this life
that we've been given.
It's not just above us,
it's around us and it's living,

One way that I show that
I'm grateful is my linens.

So I'm going to sport some duds
that don't cause war to my brothers,
clothe myself in the wastefulness of others.
Now I'm digging in dumpsters,
singing out a song of solidarity with lovers,
pay respect to our mothers, like:

Like, clothe yourself in righteousness,
you don't need that business suit.
You don't need that law degree to be free
or to speak the truth.

I said, clothe yourself in righteousness,
you don't need expensive boots.
You don't need a degree from seminary
to know that God loves you.

And when I wear plainclothes,
my intentions are simple.
My soul is on my sleeve
for you to see.

And if I have to march through the streets
like Solomon Eccles,
you'll know that God decided
to make a sign out of me.

And that's my public witness.
That's my citizen's oath.
That's my challenge to you,
to get naked and grow.

It's not our job to judge
the seeds we see being sown
when we're faithful to our inner guide,
our inner light's shown

and that might look like darkness.
That might feel like fear.
That might send people running.
It might make things clear.

It might leave you naked,
stripped and forsaken
with a hole through your tongue
and a "B" like James Naylor,

You were built for a purpose.
You were built to know love.
You were built to be perfectly flawed
and grown up.

And when we're called to a witness,
we know we'll be equipped with
the tools and the power we need
to get it done.

So clothe yourself in righteousness,
you don't need that business suit.
You don't need that PH.d to be free
or to speak the truth.

I said clothe yourself in righteousness,
you don't need expensive boots.
You don't need a degree from seminary
to know that God loves you.

And when I do get dressed,
I want to think for a second.
Dress up for church
and dress down for the fellowship?

If its all God's Earth,
I'm getting dressed for benevolence.
If every place is sacred
then I'm a resident.

My plain dress addresses my respect
like my reticence.
My plain dress: designed as a sign
of my settled-ness
with everything, everyone, every situation.
Yo it's all sacred.
I dress to show that I'm grateful.

A simple sign of faith,
a simple song of Solomon,
a simple kind of way that I walk
through this unpromised land.

Dress up when I'm with peasantry,
dress up to be noble,
dress the same that I did yesterday
as when the world is over.

I'll dress up for a wedding,
dress the same the day after,
dress up for celebration
and dress up for a disaster.

I'll dress like I'm settled.
I'll dress like it matters.
I'm dressed for the here,
I'll dress the same for the hereafter.

So clothe yourself in righteousness,
you don't need that business suit.
You don't need that law degree to be free
or to speak the truth.

I said clothe yourself in righteousness,
you don't need expensive boots.
You don't need a degree from seminary
to know that God loves you.

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from Clothe Yourself in Righteousness, track released September 26, 2011
Written by Jon Watts
Violin by Marina Vishnyakova
Cello, Mixing and Mastering by Jake Thro

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Quaker poet-producer-songsmith in West Philly.

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