Last Man Standing

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I walked the streets like a mind without a soul 
I saw your eyes in the windows of St. Catherine’s as they closed 
And every hand I could reach for pulled away 
It felt like freedom from the fall out on Independence Day 

My legs gave out and I came down on my knees 
The city shook me and my heart said, “baby, spin me slower please” 
From somewhere far, far beneath the surface came 
A voice of comfort and a song that somehow seemed to know my name

I’m gonna’ be the last man standing, I’m gonna’ look beyond these words 
I’m gonna’ blow the roof wide open, I’m gonna’ tell the whole world what I heard
Stronger than a million countries, deeper than an ocean floor 
Tell me can you feel this, baby, I’m gonna’ give you what you’re waiting for 

Forget the times when you walked out on me 
Let go of all your faded stories of the way we used to be 
Give the morning sun a chance to make you smile 
After all, the sky is clear now, and it should be for awhile 

Remember sitting in the shade of an apple tree? 
Fourteen steps from Euclid Avenue to the place we liked to eat 
A hundred men with broken hearts can say the same 
But I know deep inside your mind, you’re still spelling out my name 

I’m gonna’ be the last man standing, I’m gonna’ look beyond your words
I’m gonna’ blow the roof wide open, I’m gonna’ tell the whole world what I’ve heard
Stronger than a million countries, deeper than an ocean floor 
Tell me can you feel that, baby, I’m gonna’ give you what you’re waiting for 

Give me peace, give me patience with myself 
Let me see the best intentions of everybody else 
And when it’s time to put my fingers to the flame 
Give my purpose, give me presence, give me passion in your name 

I’m gonna’ be the last man standing, I’m gonna’ make you eat your words 
I’m gonna’ blow the roof wide open, I’m gonna’ tell the whole world what we heard
Stronger than a million countries, deeper than an ocean floor 
Tell me can you feel this, baby, I’m gonna’ give you what you’re waiting for


 - September 2011 -