The Long Defeat (single)

by Justin McRoberts

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This Sara Groves song has been a regular source of peace and healing. Since 2004 (intersections), I've tried to pair each collection of songs with a cover song that captured the theme

lyrics

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

credits

released April 21, 2020
Lyrics: Sara Groves
Arrangement: me.
Cello: Lewis Patzner
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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