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​A Baptism (Why We Don't Float)

This song is by Tyler Lyle and appears on the album Notes from the Parade (2009).

Down to the river
With all of the others
To see the preacher
They say he's a healer
And he speaks in riddles
"To live you must die
Step into this water
Son, give it a try"
The river moves faster
Than you want it to go
Dragged you from the preacher
Pulled you far down below

And oh
It's a pity we all must die
Not sure all the reasons why
But today I'm closer

Up to the mountain
Why, I don't know
Up to the mountain
With Abraham I go
He will protect me
With his faith and his knife
That he always keeps hidden
Just out of my sight
But he won't stop crying
I see his feet want to turn
But we just keep walking
And we don't say a word

And oh
It's a pity we all must die
Not sure all the reasons why
But today I'm closer

Let's take out his wings
He'll only fly much too high
We'll give him feet made for walking
And we'll put color in his eyes
We'll give him a heart
Put it inside his chest
But we ran out of iron
We'll have to make it with flesh

Down to the river
And out to the sea
When they found your body
You had a smile on for me

And oh
It's so silly we all must live
Such a little bit of time we get
So much hope
And oh, is it really so hard to see
Why this weight sticks to you and to me
Why we don't float

Music by:

Tyler Lyle

Lyrics by:

Tyler Lyle