How I Built Myself, With My Mother's Help

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So now I'll pick myself up,
and dust myself off,
and write a little love song about myself.
I'm still amazing.
Just this existence is crazy,
how I built my self with my mother's help
and then emerged to learn the world that I'm going to serve is in tatters,
shattered pieces on the ground is what I found.

So now I'm not feeling lazy and I'm not afraid.
I'm feeling brave.
Everyone around me's in pain
and I can listen to it.
I can even love them through it.
Like: not take it on
just take it in
and stand for it.
Inhale exhaust and transform it into something
that's advertent, emergent and infallible like love.
This healing that I'm feeling is a real thing,
not a symbol,
something you can touch.

So now I'll pick myself up,
and dust myself off,
and write a little love song about myself.
I'm still amazing.
Just this existence is crazy,
how I built my self with my mother's help
and then emerged to learn the world that I'm going to serve is in tatters,
shattered pieces on the ground is what I found.

So now I'm beautiful.
That's not a guilty admission,
it's just a fact.
As badly as I've been treated,
I'm resolved to not lose that.

And if that means feeling anger,
if it means not feeling love,
in a manner of speaking
a man or a woman sometimes has got to stand up
and that's beautiful.

Our oppressors are human.
They've got their own painful reasons
for the pain they inflict.
But forgiveness isn't trust.
Our anger is natural.
Sometimes it's myself that I've got to forgive.

So now I'll pick myself up,
and dust myself off,
and write a little love song about myself.
I'm still amazing.
Just this existence is crazy,
how I built my self with my mother's help
and then emerged to learn the world that I'm going to serve is in tatters,
shattered pieces on the ground is what I found.

credits

from Clothe Yourself in Righteousness, released September 23, 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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