Long Time Being Born

from by Levi Dylan & the Former Ruins

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For my children


For a healing hand to mend all our wounds
For her return when love has left the room
For new mercies to break on Atlantic shores
For one mighty hand to break down ten thousand doors

I've been remembering
A place to belong, a face held/cradled in my arms
A lost embrace, a lost page that's been/that we've torn [and we've thrown it away]

This is the cause of my joy and mourning
That our labor is not in vain
Life begins and ends in pain
I don't know the face, but I know the name
Is a long time being born

For reconciled ones to carry the peace
For reviled ones to forgive enemies
For the child's cry to end forefathers' wars
For one righteous man to put away all our swords

But still I'll sing to a bleeding sun
Daily laid down in darkness
Still I hold my beloved ones
Daily closer to departing
But still I'll sing to that bleeding sun
Daily rising over darkness
So I've told my beloved ones
Each day is one closer to the start of a world without end


from Four Fathers, released November 5, 2017
© 2017 Levi Dylan & the Former Ruins / Slow Embrace Records


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