whatever grace

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(take what you want from me
whatever grace I can give)

I've been setting down my boundaries
desire to the north, skin to the east
your hands at the west, your face to the south
wayward tongue, open mouth

what you want from me? I am cellophane
you can see right through the membrane
and the plastic void where we love each other
I will share with you in the heat of the summer

(take what you want from me
whatever grace I can give)

my god, I know, who can compare?
there's a hollow in my heart--leave it there
where we work magic out of nothing
it's a new sorrow, an old beginning

whatever grace I can give in the moment--
the moment's a desert; the portal is open
and I shroud myself in comedy
brave laughter, an underpinning

(take what you want from me
whatever grace I can give)

I've been working out my old beliefs
it's a price we pay to get free
and I've pruned it back and I've burnt it out
and I've let down my family

what you want from me? I am copper wire
I transmute the wave of your desire
and I hide myself inside your walls
and eventually I spark a fire

(take what you want from me
whatever grace I can give)

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from no hard rain, released April 5, 2017

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