Jacob and Esau

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Let the right one in
Here we find you
Giving out the blessed gift
You were dying on a bed of lies
Here before you is a compromise

May the right one win
One was favored
You were naked and red
And I was holding right on to your heel
Always eager to make you a deal

Let the right one in
Now you’ve come home
Always with a hunter’s scent
Let me trade you for a pot of stew
Let me trade you for the right to lose

Oh silent mother in the back room
Now listen close to what she tells you
Go change your skin, she will prepare your food
Isaac’s got his eyes rolled back in his head
Now the smell of my son it is a good smell
The voice is strange but these hands I have felt
Now take my name you shall take my wealth
I put your brother right under your heel

Well I ran, I couldn’t beat it
I grew fat off my deceiving
Until I was maimed by a meeting
With an angel in a hotel
Now my brother’s running and he’s mad as hell

Well I made it, I couldn’t keep it
Eye contact with our defeated
Brother from a foreign land
Oh servant of the Lord do you understand
A brand new name for a brand new man
A brand new name for the same old land


from Valley Maker, released May 21, 2010


tags: folk Seattle


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