Something to Believe

Written March 2006

Tab G, capo 5

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06–Something_2_believe

I guess we all need something to believe,
multi-level marketing or Scientology,
anything to organize and put our minds at ease,
I guess we all need something to believe..

there’s lots of different stories in this world,
and some’ll squeeze you tighter than an oyster does a pearl,
but some’ll have you flying high as any flag unfurled,
there’s lots of different stories in this world..
Jesus Christ told stories to the crowd,
the lost coin, and the mustard seed, and “a traveler set out,”
it was holy inspiration, or he just liked to think out loud, but
Jesus Christ told stories to the crowd..

but just ‘cause you believe don’t mean it’s true,
tired preconceptions about those different than you,
divide the world up neatly into black and white and blue,
but, just ‘cause you believe don’t mean it’s true..

I know a girl who thinks that she’s no good,
it’s her best explanation for a messed-up childhood,
it’s hard to shake a story when it’s runnning in your blood,
I know a girl who thinks that she’s no good..

but just ‘cause you believe don’t make it so,
what we know ain’t nothing next to what we’ll never know,
like blind men ‘round an elephant, we can’t perceive the whole,
and, just ‘cause you believe don’t make it so..

I guess we all need something to believe,
anything to organize and put our minds at ease,
prophets or messiahs or the spirits of the trees,
someone you can pray to when you fall down on your knees,
there’s lots of different stories, better choose them carefully,
I guess we all need something to believe,
I guess we all need something to believe…

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