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Hookers And Robbers

This song is by Charlie Hall and appears on the album The Bright Sadness (2008).

Crack kids, track kids, hookers and robbers
The naked and hungry, mothers and fathers
Abuses, excuses, guns in your hands
And I even welcome the arrogant man

I welcome you all to the biggest of feasts
A night of no shame, to pause and to breathe
This is a night of love's renovation
A feast I am sure that could change a whole nation

Me, I'm not such an excellent host
I am one who forgives but needs it the most
I found the liar, the killer of hearts
And I ran away with a new way to start

I journeyed a road where a bright man appeared
He looked into me, and my eyes filled with tears
My breath fast and short and my heart burning deep
He gave me new eyes and a new way to see

Come as you are, as you are, as you are
Come as you are, as you are, as you are

I still defiled His great love ways
I felt such a famine when I ran away
I missed the presence, the voice like a song
I was nasty and dirty, I knew I was wrong

But he ran to me like a dream, like a Father
This love is not earthly, this love must be other
He carried me home and threw me a party
A party so loud, like the greatest love story

Oh, my dear friends, applaud now please
I've invited you here to announce you are free
He takes you chains, busting you out of prison
Just open your heart, let your heart come and listen

Come as you are, as you are, as you are
Come as you are, as you are, as you are

Who could accept all your pounding and screaming
Your raging, your freaking, cussing, and beating
All while He holds you and always forgiving
This is the story of love and living

Wipe off your tears and laugh just a little
Come, break this bread, celebrate the Forgiver
Raise up a glass, a time to remember
Come, break this bread, celebrate the forgiver

Come as you are, as you are, as you are
Come as you are, as you are, as you are
Come as you are, as you are, as you are
(Come as you are, come as you are)
Come as you are, as you are, as you are
(Come as you are, come as you are)

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