Magdalene

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From this window I can see a river rising, a little boat capsizing, another man down.
And Magdalene, we all sometimes needs an anchor, a sturdy-elbowed savior, a firmer ground.

Well Magdalene, there was a meanness all about me, it bridled me with evil before we met.
I’d never seen nothing decent in this world, always slept with my fists curled, and my jaw set.

And though an awful darkness hung above the mattress where we laid, when I slept inside your crooked arms, I never dreamed afraid.
And there’s a hooded figure walking up my road, whistling a song,
So won’t you stay with me ‘til morning, I am leaving at the dawn.
Magdalene, won’t you see me on home.

In this room there’s a single bulb that flashes, my fire turning into ashes, and bottles on the floor
And Magdalene, this Holy Bible daddy gave me, ain’t done much to save me, just shut another door.

Magdalene, I wish for you I had been better, that I’d written one more letter, not stayed away so long
Now these failing legs, a heart no longer set on beating, lungs that don’t care much for breathing, and a spine less strong...

And though an awful darkness hung above the mattress where we laid, when I slept inside your crooked arms, I never dreamed afraid
And there’s a hooded figure walking up my road, whistling a song,
So won’t you stay with me ‘til morning, I am leaving at the dawn.
Magdalene, won’t you see me on home.

From this mirror I see another river rising, another boat capsizing, another man down
And Magdalene, we all sometimes need an anchor, a sturdy-elbowed savior, and firmer ground.

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from Murmurations, released August 5, 2016

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