Seams of My Soul

from by Tyler Matthew Smith

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lyrics

Upon a stone, it was built God's earthly home
Grounding truth to all of man's deep unknowns
though hard as a rock I find no place where I can etch my own
so I look to the inquiring minds
guiding reflection of open ended questions through art and science
but they don't give me any resolution to what I should believe
what becomes of me when flesh and blood are gone
they don't give me no definition of what is right and wrong

But if I can hold this tension, that's tearing at the seams of my soul
will my spirit grow stronger than simply doing what I find comfortable

These days, we seek solutions in the black and white
not in the shades of gray where consensus often lies
branding truth to what the many say
so even if it spilled from honest lips
the few they would not drink
finding flaws that don't exist but for distaste of otherness
and so the divide it grows twice as wide
torn by the need to pick a side
and then bludgeon the opposition into submission though it only hardens the position for which they fight

But if I can hold this tension, that's tearing at the seams of my soul
will my spirit grow stronger than simply doing what I find comfortable
and will my mind grow wiser finding truth in both sides at play
or will my thoughts spiral downward with every idea that blows a different way

Deep inside, the clock of Adam ticks away my time
wondering whether it will ever take root
the fruited tree that grows within my mind
thought the love I feel is unrefined
oh the pain of uncertainty in ground laid unclaimed
leads me to seek a love that is more well-defined
And the quest it blinds me
to tie a knot eternal entwines me
binding sated hearts from ever flying free

But if I can hold this tension that's tearing at the seams of my soul
will my spirit grow stronger than simply doing what I find comfortable
and will my mind grow wiser finding truth in both sides at play
or will my thoughts spiral downward with every idea that blows a different way
Will my heart grow larger and burst open like a flower in bloom
or will it shatter into a thousand pieces, scattered about an open tomb

credits

from Hamdulillah, released October 14, 2011
Tyler Matthew Smith-vocals, tenor and alto saxophone, percussion
Adam Farley-drums
Wayne Miller-bass
Chris Kelly-acoustic and electric guitar
Ryan Leonardo-percussion

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