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  1. Saving Face

From the album Roughing It

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Written in early fall. Loosely inspired by Psalm 141.5.

Lyrics

I'm not a good man
And I think we both know that
You're on a first name basis
With these demons on my back

You watch 'em dancin'
'Round the fire in my heart
I spread the tinder, feel the wind
Of my desire catch the spark

Don't try to tell me it's alright
Don't try to soothe my burnin' skin
There ain't no comfort when the smoke gets in your eyes
So if you call yourself my friend

Let my righteous brother strike me
Let the faithful set me right
With one eye too swelled to see
And the other black as night

If the truth will make me bleed,
Don't spare me the disgrace
'Cause I don't wanna be
No sinner saving face

You're not a good man
If we're honest with ourselves
You don't dare to whet your thirst
'Cause you left bones down in the well

You need a good friend
I don't wanna bring you down
But I'd make a bonfire of this bridge
Before I'd sit and watch you drown

Ain't gonna tell you it's alright
Ain't gonna act like I've no sin
We can't brothers if we're always playin' nice
Stand up, let's settle this like men

Let my righteous brother strike me
Let the faithful set me right
With one eye too swelled to see
And the other black as night

If the truth will make me bleed,
Don't spare me the disgrace
'Cause I don't wanna be
No sinner saving face

Let my righteous brother strike me
Let the faithful set me right
With one eye too swelled to see
And the other black as night

If the truth will make me bleed,
Don't spare me the disgrace
'Cause I don't wanna be
No sinner saving face

Let my righteous brother strike me
Let the faithful set me right
With one eye too swelled to see
And the other black as night

If the truth will set me free,
Don't spare me the disgrace
'Cause I don't wanna be
No sinner saving face