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In the place where Herod placed his palace on the sea
I saw the cleanest water that I've ever seen
It was Caesarea blue, with hints of Roman green
And I sat and thought about how things might be
For a man in prison for a crime he did not commit
Up on charges that simply don't exist
As a favor to men that he used to trust
At the mercy of the crooked, in the hands of the unjust
If you want to know what it costs to help the poor
Offer all you have and it'll cost more
It'll cost more

In the Elah Valley, right out on the lawn
I saw the place where the battles lines were drawn
Where the Israelite army shook at the giant's taunts
They just stood there convinced that all hope was gone
Till along came Jesse's youngest son
Talking about how the battle was already won
He didn't take no armor, but he ran out brave
And he took that giant down to his grave
If you want to know how to kill a Philistine
Send a shepherd boy in the place of a king
With five stones and a sling

There is a way that seems right to me
But in the end, it only leads to death

On the Mount of Olives, at the outskirts of town
I sat in the garden where Jesus broke down
He was pressed to bloody sweat at the temptation to run
Till He prayed against His will, that the will of God be done
If you want to know what it means to love the world...


from Flannelgraph Sessions LP, released July 12, 2011
Written by Luke Brawner (©2011 Hollow Phrases Publishing (ASCAP)

Luke Brawner - lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitars
Randy Fuller - classical guitar
John Hatfield - electric guitar
Cameron Pessarra - wurlitzer
Randy Holsapple - keys
Ryan Owens - bass
Andy Brannon - drums


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