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  1. You Are The Dance

From the recording Thank You For The Medicine

Lyrics

YOU ARE THE DANCE

Let yourself be a different you to the you you were being yesterday
it’s all the dance,
Let your body swell to a different size, it’s all the dance, it’s all the dance
notice as you grapple with emotions that you haven’t felt since so long ago
notice as the sadness and shame drifts unerringly to triumph and repose

drink some tea
phone a friend
watch a film
read a book
write a song
smoke a fag
cook a meal
watch the sun
go for runs
go to work
or say that you can’t
it’s all the dance, it’s all the dance it’s all the dance
make some love
feel the touch of dewy perfect sinew
welcome you to your favourite club
wrap that velvet round your octopus legs
let it pull you down to the ground

you are the dance you are the dance you are the dance…
you are the dance you are the dance

and one day you’ll be thinking hey there must be someone who can make it alright,
but you get that funny feeling in your stomach when you meet them that you know it’s a lie, you know it’s a lie
a lie we’re always running from, running from or searching for, when the answer is so clearly right here not outside there in the hall…

Light a fire
catch a fish
stare it right in the eyes
hug it tight sing to it as it dies
jump in the sea
then try to breathe
while your family and friends
call you up from the party that they wouldn’t let you in

You are the dance, you are the dance you are the dance,
you are the dance you are the dance...

and one day you’ll be thinking hey I must have seen this shit a thousand times
and that’s when the traffic lights will turn purple and you'll realize what you knew all the time -
And from there my friend, there’s no going back, you’ve seen it’s all just one long song, and it’s up to you how much you’re gonna struggle or accept exactly the rung you are on...

so -
drink some tea
phone a friend
watch a film
read a book
write a song
smoke a fag
cook a meal
watch the sun
go for runs
go to work
or say that you can’t
it’s all the dance, it’s all the dance it’s all the dance
you’re on your own
you’re the world
you’re an African girl
you’re the threshing machine of the sun
you're your hopes
you’re the sobbing you don’t know where it’s from
but you let it go on and on til it's done
you’re the bridge, the star, the horse, the car
the record holder who's never won, you’re the hero, the villain
and most of all the fool and this fool’s work will never be done…

you are the dance you are the dance you are the dance
you are the dance you are the dance
you are the dance you are the dance....