Benediction

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for my sons

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As you lift your bag my boy
And as you make from home
Take my steel from where it sleeps beside the door
May it keep you in your waking
Your strength meet to its strength
May the devils split their hearts upon my gift

And your heart will break and burn
But boy, do not this way return
Set your face and turn your body to the wind
Let the colors tear the sky
Let the good ones go and die
Set your face and do not come this way again

I know not where my father’s bones
Are sleeping in the dirt
He drove me from his country ‘fore I was grown
And I tore out from the mountains
Every stick and every stone
I made into the house where you were born

And as I was sent, so you I send
Call out for fire and it descends
Call for mercy, turn your body to the wind
Let the colors tear the sky
Let the good ones go and die
Set your face and do not come this way again

Go disappear across the fields
I’ll watch your shining heart grow small
I’ll walk out to the horses’ graves where I will kneel
Your mother’s songs rise in my ears
Rise with the smoke up from the earth
And dissolve into the Blessed Virgin’s prayers

No tongue of angels nor of men
No word of blessing can defend
Set your face and turn your body to the wind
Let the colors tear the sky
Let the good ones go and die
Set your face and do not come this way again

And your heart will break and burn
But boy, do not this way return
Set your face and turn your body to the wind
Let the colors tear the sky
Let the good ones come and die
Call for mercy, do not come this way again
Set your face and turn your body to the wind
Set your face and do not come this way again

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from Wheat to Wire, released April 13, 2016
Lyrics by Frank McClellan and Ben McClellan
Music by The Crosiers

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Ben McClellan
Vox

Frank McClellan
Vox, Guitars, Keys

Shane Jewell
Guitars, Keys
Bass & Drums

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