Better Day

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lyrics

I walked down the banks of the St. Jo’s
The wind was cold as it bit my nose
I saw a man there wearing ragged clothes
He said, “Sir I got a heavy soul.
“I lost my children with my wife, run out.
I lost my job and I lost my house.
Now I ain’t a saint, no I can run my mouth
But I’m still waiting for a hopeful sound.”
And so I sat with him and sang

How long with the vultures fly?
How long will we still shut our eyes?
If my brother’s woes are not my own
How can I call this world a home?
How can I call this world a home?

I went up to the diner for a cup of brew
I thought I need some warmth and to rest my shoes
As the gal at the counter brought me my food
She asked, “What else can I do for you?”
She said, “I’m the one that’s running my home
I love my kids but I feel so alone
I work three jobs just to keep us going
I’m always waiting for the strength to come.”
And so I sat with her and sang.

How long will the storms pound?
How long will our ears ignore the sound?
If my sister’s cries don’t move my bones
How can I call this world a home?
How can I call this world a home?

I looked in the lake and I saw a face
I knew it well though he looked out of place
He said, “I feel like I go go go with such haste.
I just don’t want my time to turn to waste.
‘Cause we’re distracted from distraction by distraction
And if you want peace you better take some action,
But the smog and the screens can make you lose your passion
Don’t stop waiting for a better day
How long?
Don’t stop waiting for a better day
How long?
Don’t stop praying for a better day
How long?
Don’t stop working for a better day
How long?
Don’t stop working for a better day
How long?

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from Understand, released May 16, 2014

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