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I Know

from Milky White by The Good

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One day God was having fun,
Wanted to prove he was number one.
Told Abraham to kill his son, or so the story goes.
Abe said, "Lord, I'd rather not
You've really put me in a spot.
Isaac's the only son I've got;
I'll hate to see him go."

What would you do if he asked you?
Would you greet your boy with a bullet?
Could you be sure the word that you heard was your lord's?
There's a fine line between sick and divine.
It's your trigger, but God made you pull it.
You don't want to find a lock upon Heaven's door.

I know what I'd do.
I'd take my boy on a trip to the Mississip'
Where we'd fish and dip and sip tea made on the fire.
If your kid needs to die to satisfy your lord,
Your lord's a liar, a liar, sing the choir...

Minister Farrakhan told a million Americans
To pilgrimage to Washington to atone for their sins.
But Louis wouldn't apologize
For things he said to demonize
The folks who helped him toward the prize
But didn't share his skin.

What would you do if you were a Jew
And he called you a bloodsucker?
Could you love the message, warts and all?
Would you get up and scream
That the King had a dream
And it didn't include this bigoted fucker?
Either way, you're strengthening the wall.

I know what I'd do.
Two days a week I'd coach a team
And teach self-esteem and the dream
Like they taught us in school when I was a kid.
They'd know that I do what Louis says we don't
Even if we did, and we did, sing the kids...

My brother had a boy today
In a country far away.
In that same place this very day,
The Lord asked for another.

This time Isaac paid the price --
For the peace a sacrifice.
But don't believe he gave his life;
'Twas taken by a brother.

What will you do to stop feeling blue
Now that your hero's a martyr?
Shake your head about another one dead and move on?
Will you ask them why they wanted him to die,
Then try to make them smarter?
Tough when they think they're honor students of God.

I know what I'll do:
I'll take my kids to the land of milk and honey
And show them the bloody words of peace he sang 'fore he died.
It'll take me a while to change the world,
But the Lord'll know I tried,
I tried and cried with mine.


from Milky White, released January 1, 1997
Written by Devin Arkin


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The Good Chicago, Illinois

The Good is the creation of singer / songwriters Tony Rogers ( and Devin Arkin (who died from brain cancer in late 2016), joined by John Scholvin (guitar), Dave Rothkopf (bass), and John Goodman (drums). The band began making waves on the Chicago music scene in the early 90's; they've released 4 critically acclaimed full length studio albums, and more. ... more

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