Splintered Light

from by Nick Stiner

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You say you’ve seen the light
But you know your jesus was not white
He was darker than the sands that cover these lands
As I cry out in the wind

If we pulled the rafters from our eyes
We could see this soft and splintered light
I could hold your sight to the sky as the chemical trails pass by

But you say “oh Jim Crows died”,
But he wears a suit and now he dons a tie
And I ain’t saying your to blame for this shame, but be aware of how you’re made

Because you know these stripes and stars
Can come to look like prison bars
When your down below in that hole where the stars can hardly glow

How quickly we forget the past
And how swiftly it will come back
And I aint no prophet, nor priest just a man who’s seen defeat

At the hand of those who draw the line
Those that write the crimes
And all those eyes cast down while this war is all around

I ain’t got no redeemer
So I lay beneath these cedars
Where the theater dies down and my mouth can make an honest note come out

A thin voice in the choir
A spark inside the fire
That could range so wide and swallow this night, then the dawn would burn so bright

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from The Wilds of Your Heart, released May 15, 2013

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