Fingernails

What would the pharisee inside of me say?
Dark night of the soul blues
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Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
On the ropes and off the rails
Hanging onto God by my fingernails

David and Jesus and I make three
Singing “Oh my God, why have you forsaken me’
They got happy endings as you might expect
But I’m stuck here between the now and the not-yet

Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
On the ropes and off the rails
Hanging onto God by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingernails

Was it something I did, or something I said?
Was it pride in my heart or unbelief in my head?
What would the pharisee inside of me say?
“Did you lose your faith or did you throw it away?”

Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
Am I beyond redemption, beyond the pale?
Hanging onto God by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingers

Cos there’s dirt beneath my nails and a plank in my eye
Once I thought I could see but now I know I’m blind
It’s a jet black, cold, dark night of the soul
As around and around and around I go

Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
You can never find a buyer when your soul’s for sale
And you’re hanging onto God by your fingernails
I’m hanging on by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingernails
I’m hanging onto God by my fingernails

© Matt Blick 2012

About mattblick

Songwriter/Singer from Nottingham, UK. My 2nd EP, Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky, is out now. I'm blogging (& podcasting) through the entire Beatles catalogue at Beatles Songwriting Academy. In my spare time I wish I had some spare time.
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