The People Tree
From the drop of blood, to bones and body parts To vital organs, forming your brain and tiny heart The fetus, date of birth; until puberty finally starts Adolescence, adult, then your elderly body rots It was divine decree that begun the plan But is diseased by the greed of the sons of man Don't try to leave with the guns in hand Understand: God's the one in command Did we climb out of the sea? Where did we come from, you and me? Two legs to walk, and as you see I'm not a man I want to be People growing, my backyard (I'm growing in your backyard) In my garden, in my heart (I'm in your garden, I'm in your heart) Pink and purple, red and blue (See all the colors?) On this sunny afternoon (It's a sunny afternoon) Back before time was time and space was space The ever-present eye divine so laced with grace Decided it was time to try to chase, to chase But what it would design, now life is taking place Within itself, divided; now it takes some space And it can't be found alive, the mind creates the state Of ego, now what's mine is mine OK, now hate will reign until the blind have eyes and lay awake in wait How are the seeds in the ground? How is my garden growing now? A tender kiss, a little smile The way a mother holds its child Tasty little human beings (Tasty little human beings) I grow them on the people tree (I grow them on the people tree) I will eat them one by one (Eat them one by one) If there's enough for everyone (Like you and you) Born in the ever-flowing life beyond the dirt Tell me what the purpose is for creating the earth (Maybe we created the planet as man's habitat Be fruitful and multiply across the planet's back) Well, why does hate exist? The war and AIDS and shit? If we're to be fruitful, why can't poor people pay they rent? ('Cause love and hate, both sides are conjoined Physical forms have to deal with both sides of the coin) Why do we die? (So you can live!) Why do we strive? (So you can win! But why did you defy every truthful word I recommend?) My question back, why do you recommend an ode temptationing (So I can test your patience and tolerance in the face of sin) But why attest when you hold all the answers to the state we in? (For you to bear witness of imperfections of mortal men) So it's a lesson? (And a blessing Journey back to where you been 'Cause before the tree can flourish seeds must first be planted in) People growing, my backyard (I'm growing in my backyard) In my garden, in my heart (I'm in your garden, I'm in your heart) If you like my garden, you might like me (Look at all the colors!) Underneath the people tree
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