southern deals and live flowers

(for Billie Holiday)                                                      2005 – 2023

you’re showin’ us all those incredible faces
the ones that make us enjoy
your flowers an’ your smiles
n’ some that will make us
all break down and cry
’s some that might make us
go crazy there even
and some’d make us live
real hard here and now
and some would even make us
from our soul sing out loud
n’ we couldn’t stay all dirt dry
n’ deaf and dumb anymore
would have to sing a live flower
n’each and every day yes before
n’ a live flower every day until
we ‘ve got to leave n’drop n’die

southern dealt country
have they ever tried to really listen
to their very own daughters
n’ to the lessons all there to be learned
from you and your them there eyes ‘cause
we can’t help laughing n’ crying
n’ it’s true that we just have to
yes you’re really deliverin’ it all there
oh it’s everything just free for which they
had been pressin’ n’killing and maiming even
through all these bloodstained years
but we can’t help laughin’ and cryin’ woman
really I know that you know what I mean
as we’re just startin’ to enjoy all your love yes
n’ all your real life’s true heavy weight
‘cause you make us all go crazy woman yes
n’ you will get us to live really hard
n’ we can’t stay so dirt dry
n’ deaf and dumb anymore yes
so dirt dry n’ deaf n’ dumb
we’ll just have to come out here
n’ get down to your real magic yes
n’ get down there for good man
and finally get to dig your jive
so we’ve got to come home now
n’better just face this our present day
and dare to experience it for real yes
n’it’s just a rockbottom dirty groove hey
and truely come all home here and admit
to all our faces n’ we wouldn’t have to hide
not even a single one of them
we would have to neglect
so be them then all those
that really make us all laugh
and even some that will go
n’make us all break down and cry
or some will just stand up there and
be straightenin’ it out for good
n’ with that I just must be countin’ all
these murderously ugly n’ so godfucking mean
you son of a rockbottom dirty world:
these outrageously hellish southern deals

but most of all woman n’ we just have to
be really clear and all frank there
we want to woman truely thank you yes
for there finally makin’ us feel
we want to thank you woman yes
for these soul flowers every day
we want to get down n’ thank you yes
n’ you know that now we just must be sincere
true soul flowers every day oh yes and
you’re helpin ’em to really shine up all alive
every single new day now before we have
to leave an’ drop n’ die n’ say good bye
we want to thank you woman for
finally making us feel yes … alive …
every single new day alive … alive … alive
before we got to go and drop n’ die man:  ALIVE !
every day until we got to go
and say good bye :  ALIVE !

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