Learning to Sing

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lyrics

I am a man’s body
Strung up on an old buck fence
In Wyoming
The arms are tied with twine
The head slightly inclined
As though listening
I have never been mine
At first I was a scarecrow
If you look twice, you can almost behold the man
I was chosen to stand for those who couldn’t stand

I am a school-kid walking
Southbound on 71
Ohio is frozen
I’m seventeen years old
I know all about this world
And it’s broken
Why and why and why
Should I call these people my people? 
Why and why and why 
Should I call this place my home?
I have never been mine
Now my body moves the nation
If you look twice, you could almost believe I’m  free
I was chosen to speak by those who wouldn’t speak
For me

When we go out walking
I’m still scared to hold your hand
I’m still afraid
When we go out walking
I’m still scared to hold your hand
I’m still afraid
On Belmont and Halsted
I’m still scared to hold your hand
I’m still afraid
When we go out walking
I’m still scared to hold your hand
I’m still afraid
But I was made to look just like the one who formed me
So hold my body tight, cos it never was for me
Someday I’ll learn to sing
Like those who learned to sing
Before me

Billie singin’ Strange Fruit
Johnny singin’ Lush Life
Nina singin’ My Sweet Lord
Antony sings Another World
Neil is singing Alabama
Randy sings Louisiana
The Duke sings Word on a Wing
My mother taught me to sing
Like my Daddy sang Jesus, Priceless Treasure
Like my cousins sang Great Is Thy Faithfulness together
Like my sister sings Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Like my lover sings Book of Love while he’s undressing
Like Nonna sang the Holy, Holy, Holy when she died
Singing Holy, Holy, Holy
Like Nonna sang the Holy, Holy, Holy when she died
Singing Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy Holy
Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

credits

from Strange Flesh, released June 27, 2019
Steve Slagg (Wurlitzer, micro-KORG, EML-101, organ, mellotron VSTs, piano, vocals)
Kit Shields (choir vocals, backing vocals, EML-101)
Lee Ketch (bass, Roland JP-08, EML-101, choir vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar)
John Gargiulo (acoustic guitar)
Cathy Kuna (cello)
Dorian Gehring (synths)
Andy Ketch (drums)
Allison Van Liere, John Bagley, Brent Bailey, Amy Myers, Julia Blair (choir vocals)

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God-haunted, gay-of-center weird singer-songwriter with death problems

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