Any Day

Written February 2001

Tab

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there’s a place I know where they clean cars, and
for not much dough, they really clean the inside of my car,
and when I go, they say, “what about the outside, Joe?”
I say, “no, just do the inside,” because
+++ any day a storm is coming it will wash away,
+++ the dirt and droppings and
+++ on that day my car will shine like summer,
+++ right after it rains..

there’s a place I go to be reminded and sing
songs I know, maybe say a prayer for someone,
now I don’t know if that’s enough religion,
sometimes faith feels more like a strong suspicion
+++ that any day grace is coming it will wash away,
+++ the shame and longing,
+++ and on that day my heart will shine like summer,
+++ right after it rains..
+++++ don’t say, never say “no,” ‘cause we don’t know, no,
+++++ this world is strange and getting stranger as we go,
+++++ with one destination, though I dearly love the road..

past an empty bus that once held children,
past a “For Sale” sign in a broken window,
there’s a sign says “Rough Road,” and a sign for the “Narrow Bridge”
and it’s just enough, I suppose it’s always been..
+++ any day love is coming, it will wash away
+++ this empty feeling, and
+++ on that day we’re gonna shine like summer,
+++ right after it rains, on that day
+++ you and I will shine like summer, right after it rains…

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