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​A Few Honest Words

This song is by Ben Sollee and appears on the album Learning to Bend (2008).

If you're going to lead my country,
If you're gonna say it's free,
I'm gonna need a little honesty

Just a few honest words
It shouldn't be that hard
Just a few honest words is all I need

I don't need no handshake
No firm look in the eye
Don't tell me what you think I, I ought to hear

I don't need no high life
No fancy premieres
Just tell me what you really think without fear

Just a few honest words
It shouldn't be that hard
Just a few honest words is all I need

Love is a bitter fruit
We've learned to eat
But we still don't know, oh, where it grows

And our love of freedom
Holds a veil over our eyes
Rights that are given can be taken away

Just a few honest words
It shouldn't be that hard
Just a few honest words is all I need

We don't choose our leaders
They choose themselves
Tell me again about democracy