Arab Spring

from by Andrew Howie

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Listen and I’ll tell you why
If you can’t understand me at all
I’m turning everything into blacks and whites
And friends into enemies

Living in the desert is hard
A walk across the great divide
The morning prayer a call to arms
A place to define myself by taking a side
And the questions and the doubts you adore
Are a luxury I can’t afford

So can’t you see I’m living in an occupied land
Where all I know is sinking in the sand
So now I’m grabbing onto anything I can I knew before

I back up every word I say
With a force that can’t be reckoned with
My morning prayer is that the world would see
I can separate truth from myth
And the source of my authority
Is just two steps away from me

So can’t you see I’m living in an occupied land
Where all I know is sinking in the sand
So now I’m grabbing onto anything I can I knew before

And this is not a strange or futile bid
I’m thinking of the future of my kids
And the boundaries they need to navigate
This terrifying world so filled with hate

This unforgiving desert heat
And the dust that gets in my eyes
Don’t lend themselves to thoughts of grace and peace
And lovers being reconciled
So I’ll defiantly stand my ground
And dismiss you without a sound

So can’t you see I’m living in an occupied land
Where all I know is sinking in the sand
So now I’m grabbing onto anything I can I knew before
So can’t you see you’re living in a liberal land
Where all you know is safe and close at hand
So now you’re taking it for granted
And losing your integrity in whispers and in shades

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from The Great Divide, released March 16, 2015

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Andrew Howie Stirling, UK

Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/community group music tutor. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You'll find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room. ... more

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