hands around the table EP

by Stranger Killings

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released March 4, 2016

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Track Name: alone
ALONE

He is one
he is alone
I am one
one of many
we are of him
but he is not of us
He is alone

there must be such sadness in greatness
such despair in perfection
He is alone

If I could take him to my breast
and kiss his worried brow
I would make a solemn vow
that in my arms he’d always rest
and never be alone

now in our time we can not touch
for kindness breeds distrust
we must arrest the urge to reach for the distressed
forsake the burdened stranger
leave him bereft of comfort’s warm caress
still we will never be alone

there must be such sadness in greatness
such despair in perfection
such grand isolation
he is alone

If I could take him to my breast
I’d make for him a home
and fill it up with sons, and daughters
whose voices sang like river waters
who were not afraid to touch
or give themselves to every troubled heart with love
and bare up the hallowed olive branch
and tend the faultless dove
on muscle, blood, and soul, and bone
on wife’s devotion, mother’s love, and blessed home
I would make my solemn vow
that he would never be alone

he would be my joy, and pride
and that would be my sin
(so) in the whole of me I ache with what I know
that when I die I’ll go to him
but he will always be alone
Track Name: bread in my mouth
the bread in my mouth
turns to flesh
the wine in my cup
turns to blood
and I am full of life, and light, and love
I am not afraid of the end of days
I’m not afraid of the end of time
I don’t need a ladder to heaven
I’m not gonna need to climb

I’m gonna hum along with six of them trumpets
I’m gonna hold hands with all of them woes
I’m gonna sing with all my heart
when that seventh trumpet blows

the bread on my tongue just turns to flesh
the wine is divine blood that washes all the dirt
from off my soul

I’m not afraid of the ways of satan
but I’m a little bit fearful of my lord
I’m not afraid of lesser demons
they’ll all just fall beneath
my jesus mighty sword
I’m not afraid of diggin in the dirt
not afraid of fallin in the mud
standin up and stumblin
through the chapel door
I just fall down on my knees
I just fall down to the floor
I kiss the cloth, and cross myself
and feel myself refreshed

cause the bread inside my mouth
just turns to radiant flesh
the wine is blood divine
that washes all the the dirt from off my soul
Track Name: hands around the table
Hands Around the Table

cast away the tragedy, and sorrow
that you carried in your arms
cast away the doubts, and thoughts that do you harm

and hold your hands around the table
be a single voice that sings
and brings
his blessing down upon your souls

cast away your bitterness, and anger
cast away your slavish love for gold
your bounty’s so much more than loaves, and fishes
you’ve come here to bring gentleness, and love
to every hand you hold
you hold around the table
hold your hands around the table
be a single voice that sings
and brings the fullness of his comfort down upon
your (weary) souls
and know with perfect faith
that you are more than able
to live within delight, and brotherhood
with your hands around the table

come take my hand
take my brother’s hand
take my sister’s hand
take my mother’s hand
take my father’s hand
and hold our hands around the table
Track Name: keep em' in your mind
keep em in your mind


you better love the needle
you better love the junkie
you got to keep em in your mind
you got to keep em both in your mind
better love the vermin
better love the swine
keep em in your mind
better keep em all in your mind
eat the fruit
but love the rind
keep em in your mind
cause
flowers don’t need your love
endless sky don’t need your love
angels don’t need your love
even god don’t need your love
cast away your fear
Don’t rest your love on something near
cast away all your derision
and trade it for a fairer vision
of all men freed from
flawed men’s judgments

Love the man
who strikes his brother down
the hand that shakes
the faultless babe
in it’s sleeping gown
keep em in your mind
keep em all in your mind
love the unrepentant thief
and the man whose only love
is wine.
keep em in your mind
keep em all in your mind
give your love to that fallen angel
a sadder heart you’ll never find
don’t rest your love on plates of plenty
but on the hearts of those maligned
by a world that casts its judgments
before it offers shelter
or shepards all the blind

rest your love on the serpent’s head
on the slowly dying
and the living dead
love those of us down in the gutter
as you love the one above
love the filthy pigeon
just as you love the dove
beat your hand against the awful wall
just as others beat their book
shout not for your transgressor’s head
but offer him a gentle hand
and from your eye a loving look
fortune doesn’t need your love
nor prosperity, or gain
the son of god don’t need your love
better save it for the rain

cast away your hatred
cast away your fear
rest your love on misery
and not the joy that’s safe and near