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  1. Bloom

From the album Ditch Lilies

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Lyrics

Once I knew a man, lived by the potter's wheel
The clay shifting in his hands
Vessels forming out of will
But the darkness held a shape
That would not yield or mold
Longed for the flatness of a plate
The curving silence of a bowl

Once I knew a woman
Lived for her garden green
For the soil in her hands
The simple joy of growing things
But she herself was lost
And bound up at the roots
Longed for the freedom of a vine
The stretching poetry of shoots

But you gotta dig your way out
From underneath the ground
Scratching at the dark
Pushing through the gloom
Oh, sticking around
Long enough to see yourself bloom

Once I knew a girl
Lived by the spinning wheel
The thread sifting in her hands
Between the shuttle and the reel
But the tangle of her thoughts
It would not separate
Always forming into knots
And twisting into braids

But you gotta dig your way out
From underneath the ground
Scratching at the dark
Pushing through the gloom
Oh, sticking around
Long enough to see yourself bloom

Once there was a map
Once there was a plan
Once there was a dream
Maybe once there was a chance
There was a chance
Maybe you can't
Maybe you can still bloom