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You came up from anesthesia
like a diver out of air
surprised to be alive
startled I was there
It’s been a long time
and I’ve got no axe to grind with you
but goddamn it, man, this hatchet
won’t stay buried without some sign from you
sign from you

I don’t quite come in peace
but times like these ask us
to set aside old grudges
Duty calls, I heed
but I don’t love it
The night nurse leaves
just you and me
and you give a look
to freeze gasoline
I don’t believe
that you’re reformed
or you’re redeemed

If they ask me,
I’ll deny it
but I remember
what you did
While it’s true you were a young man then
I was just a kid
One of us was lying
both of us half damned
one of us the lion
and one the lamb

You’ve got a way with words
You got away with murder
But now our roles reverse
and your table’s turning now

Too weak to lift a spoon, I fed you
shaved you when your hands were shaking
dosed you like they told me
never more, lord, the demands you’re making
Help the monster on two feet
walk him down the hall, repeat
and when he’s strong enough to stand alone
you’ll notice what big teeth
But blood is blood
and what’s done is done
yeah, blood is blood
and its burden is a beast
You lie expressionless
face set like the Old Testament
silence always your best defense
I bet
you guess
I came
to settle debts
They tell me you’ll get better
I don’t know what to say
cause they could sew your hands together
but they can’t make you pray


But now you’re careful, now you’re good
but do I scare you, like I should?
Now you’re careful, now you’re good
but I still scare you, and I should

You’ve got a way with words
You got away with murder
But now our roles reverse
and your table’s turning now


from Parts of Speech, released June 25, 2013
Production by Paper Tiger, vocals by Dessa
Additional vocals by Joe Mabbott.
Published by Lorem Ipsum (ASCAP) and Skip Steps 1 & 3 (ASCAP)



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Dessa Minneapolis

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice. Member of the Doomtree collective. Essayist. Rapper. Amaretto enthusiast. ... more


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