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    "Speaking Of Tongues" Lyrics

    Michael Franti

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    You don't have to be so scared to share what's inside
    'cause you're Daddy's little superstar
    And you're Mama's little butterfly
    Fly high

    A strange strange litany of verses and reverses
    Adlibs and rehearses
    Clouds burst and words cursed
    An argument breaks out
    It's one we've all heard before, it's boring
    Had us all snoring from the first line
    One after another chimed in perfect time
    Tired rehashes of petty cashes and mismatches
    You shoulda coulda's
    And "why didn't 'tcha dida's"
    Crippling snippets aimed at the heart
    To inflame and impart blame
    Framed like Mumia
    Verbal diarrhea
    Creating chasms between the souls of two
    Or two billion
    Nations torn apart
    Station to station damnation
    With much deliberation and very little consideration
    To the return on the damage from the altercation
    Collateral condemnation
    Then denyin' like colorization of an old black and white
    Create a revision of the recent last night
    The fight that started with two words, "I'm right"

    You don't have to be so scared to share what's inside
    'cause you're Daddy's little superstar
    And you're Mama's little butterfly
    Fly high

    But of course the fight ends with no resolution
    Merely a vow for retribution, substitution, execution, electrocution
    Ruthless, toothless and truthless
    Mumbling through page after page of excuses
    Abuses of the gift of the gab
    Gabriel the trumpeter
    Bestowed upon us a voice with a choice
    And a tongue kept moist by years of salivating
    For oysters, pearls and aphrodisiacs
    Locked in an ugly shell always too chewy and gooey
    So they get swallowed whole
    But a tongue is so much more than a vehicle for greed
    A tongue is for washing fur
    Or for licking wounds
    Or for welcoming newcomers into a room
    Or cleansing those fresh from the womb
    Without a tongue there would be no croons
    Swoons, Junes under the moon
    No bees pollinating no flowers in bloom
    No recitation of words at the foot of a tomb
    Or wills read aloud of the family heirlooms
    You probably couldn't even blow up a balloon
    And that would be a shame
    Because to exhales the name of the game
    Exhale from the heart
    Not from the lungs
    Exhale from the heart
    Not from the tongue


    Listening is understanding
    And finding compassion
    Love is the action of soul satisfaction
    A tongue can make wishes and also fine kisses
    Taste a sweet cake and also cast disses
    But nothing compares to the voice from within
    Without it we might just be mannequins
    Up to no darn good shenanigans
    Learn to be skilful movers of the stones
    That block the heart and turn humans to clones
    Learn to forgive, set free the bones
    Touch with your flesh, take off the rubber gloves
    Love like your life depends on it
    Because it does

    This song was submitted on November 28th, 2013 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by Michael Franti.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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