Only God Can Hear You Sing (3:29)

First in class and promise
She swapped her story for my sandwich
Inside the manic palace
At 26th and California

Never left the southside
In orange she’ll ever be
Laughing chandelier lights
Only she can see

Only god can hear you sing
When you survive on warmth of trespassing
Spend the weekend shivering
Cause there’s no space at Ministry

Thirty sleeps in jello-town
Something with a knife went down
Cleopatra’s drawing circles
On her bloody gown

By the time C.O. comes around
She’s made her peace with lost and found
Sarah’s floating fixtures
While she’s lying on the ground

Only god can hear you sing
When your survive on tricks and shoplifting
Spend the weekend on your knees
Cause you just don’t have the tools you need
Only god can hear you sing

The only hope to be found
Is at the clinic Emanuel tore down
Pick ’em up and move ’em around
The only salvation to be found
Was at the clinic Emanuel closed down
Pick pick ’em up, and move ’em around

Only god can hear you sing
When you survive on warmth of trespassing
Spend the weekend shivering
Cause there’s no space at Ministry
Only god can hear you sing

Only god can hear you sing
When your survive on tricks and shoplifting
Spend the weekend on your knees
Cause you just don’t have the tools you need
Only god can hear you sing

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Song Notes

This song refers to Rahm Emanuel shuttering many of Chicago’s mental heath centers in the interest of budget cuts, leaving many vulnerable people out on the streets- or worse, in Cook County Jail.

100% of first week proceeds of the Accidents and Melodies album were donated to the non-profit organization Thresholds.

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