Give and Take

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Goodness knows what a coldhearted man sees in dreams
What a mind like that can conceive when asleep
Behold: the foundation of a one-man nation
Kingdom come what may fall down on my head
Could it wash away all the stories I’ve read?
Shall I discover no other love in this life?

My lover has no answers
Only self-righteous intentions
He gives me affection but devours me whole
Have you any idea how hard it is for me
To have lost a lover without gaining another?
No, you don’t have any idea

What kind of life had I chosen?
It was like I was frozen
But then was thawed by a heat
That started within and burned right through me

When there’s a hole in your heart, what do you fill it up with?
When there is an absence, could there be a presence?
Is that the essence of everything in this life?
Oh, sweet ordered universe
No definition or answer
Now, who doesn’t dance for rain like the rest of us?

I have gained understanding
My mind is expanding
I was once blind, now I see
But what I have lost is someone who loves me
No matter how I make it
I give and I take it
The answer for all that I seek
Will mean that I lose someone who loves me

When you’re all alone on judgment day
And the river come take you away
You won’t have no one to thank
When you’re by yourself at the river bank
When you’re all alone on judgment day
And the river come take you away
You won’t have no hand to hold
When you’re by yourself alone and cold

I’ve gained understanding
My mind is expanding
I was once blind, now I see
But what I have lost is someone who loves me
No matter how I make it
I give and I take it
The answer for all that I seek
Will mean that I lose someone who loves me

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from Microcosm, released January 1, 2010

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Automata is Justin Samuel Martin and Rachel Sarah Thomas.

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