Curse Of The Faithful

by Justin McRoberts

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I’m here. I’m always here. And you know that because you’ve tested me You know that that’s what’s best in me; That when it all breaks, I’m still holding on. There’s a story to tell About the houses that fell And the ones they left trapped underneath Who stood in their places With everything shaking And everyone else trying to leave And in some other story About heroes and glory Some greater soul saves the day. But the curse of the faithful Is watching the ones they love go away. I’m here. I’m always here
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I have joined the long defeat That falling set in motion All my strength and energy Are raindrops in the ocean So conditioned for the win To share in victor's stories But in the place of ambition's din I've heard of other glories I pray for an idea And a way I cannot see It's too heavy to carry And impossible to leave I can't just fight when I think I'll win That's the end of all belief And nothing has provoked it more Than a possible defeat I pray for an idea And a way I cannot see It's too heavy to carry And impossible to leave We walk a while we sit and rest We lay it on the altar I won't pretend to know what's next But what I have I've offered I pray for a vision And a way I cannot see It's too heavy to carry And impossible to leave I pray for inspiration And a way I cannot see It's too heavy to carry And impossible to leave
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Loving You 03:43
Loving you was easy Before I had learned so much Like holding on seems simple Until it hurts just to touch Loving me, I figure Is quite a thing to choose It might look good on paper But it comes at quite a cost to you This is how we know what Know what love is And what love can do You will lay your life down And I’ll lay mine down for you
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I had almost given up. I had almost given up. I had almost given up. When you called me And said this one life Is more than the numbers And more than time stacked up on time It’s measured by The nearness of your heart to mine. I had almost given up. I had almost given up. I had almost given up. When you called me And said all these years You’ve searched for a place To put both feet down To call “home" for good All this time, You’ve been building wherever I stood. I had almost given up. I had almost given up. I had almost given up. When you called me Why do we fall down If not to remember Where our strengths come from? Why do we fall down If not to remember How to get back up? You have never given up You have never given up You have never given up Keep on calling me
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Pour Me Out 02:48
You can take Take all my money Take my credit and my cash But you can’t take What I have spent on love That ain’t coming back So pour me out Upon my neighbors My family and my friends Pour me out Take everything from me And I will rise again You take break My reputation Among some people I don’t know But you can’t take My faithful family The love they give’s their own You can shake My motivations Make me doubt myself all day But you can’t take The love I’ve given I’ve already given it away
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Home 03:23
I think I can remember now What it’s like to love you It’s not that I was wandering I just couldn’t stick around. And I’m sorry that, by leaving like I did I know I probably hurt you It’s not a choice that I made lightly I felt like I had too. Home means something new It’s the place where there is more of me And somehow also of you. I listen to the songs we used to sing They still mean so much to me Their words in all their complication Like life rafts in my soul But I can’t sing a single word Without the thought of your voice singing with me That’s how they wrote the good ones To be sung with the ones you know completely. Home means something new It’s the place where there is more of me And somehow also of you. Home, it’s where you learn to love at first. Home, it’s where you learn to love while hurt.
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I’m here I’m always here And you’re right they want to burn it down With you inside, straight to the ground But I’m not here to save your from the flames I’m just here to tell you I will stay. I’m here I’m always here And you’re probably right to fear what’s next It’ll cost you more than you can spend And I’m not here to pay that price for you I’m just here to hold you as you do I’m here I’m always here I’m here because I choose to be Despite all that’s been done to me I don’t have much left that I could lose So I’m here And I’ll be here tomorrow, too.

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released May 5, 2020

recorded, mixed and mastered with Masaki Liu @ One Way Studio

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Justin McRoberts Concord, California

Author, coach, songwriter. East Oakland/SF Bay Area

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