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Bleeding Charity

{ Lyrics }

I only ever asked
To be paid for my tasks
Just to get from the world what I know I’m due
I made my share of mistakes
But for heaven’s sakes
I only did my best, and I made it through
If I get your tone
You want me to disown
The life I’ve lived, and trade it for something free
But I’m not ashamed
Of the choices I’ve made
And I’m not about to take your bleeding charity

Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    Not a saint or an angel, I’m just a man
Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    And I’m offended at what you’re asking of me
Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    But of my little world, I’m always in command
Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    I can work for my pay; I don’t take nothing for free

Friend, I know your pain
Once, I felt the same
Heaven knows I only did what I thought was just
But please, save your breath
’Cause it’s reaking of death
If you haven’t noticed, you’ll just have to trust
You want justice served
To get what you deserve
But you’ll do better than that, if you come with me
So give up yourself
And receive the wealth
That’s yours for free through the Bleeding Charity

Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    Not a God or an angel, I’m just a man
Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    Just freed from accident and fallacy
Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    When I gave up myself, that’s when it all began
Can’t you see that I’m only human?
    Nothing more or less than all I’m meant to be

So sing your song here
Something’s wrong here
I can tell that I don’t belong here
It’s inviting
But I’m deciding
I don’t want it until it’s in writing
I’m a sinner
But I’m the winner
In this business you’re the beginner
I sure ran good
For my own damn good
Unlike you, I’ve still got my manhood

{ Musicians }

Phil Woodward—Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Myron Marston—Lead Guitar
Mark Noguchi—Bass
Bobby Jacky—Keyboard
Chris Kennedy—Drums
Lacey Brown—Percussion
Ann Edwards—Backup Vocals

{ Credits }
Words and Music by Phil Woodward

Currently rated 4.8/5 stars (8 votes)

Currently 4.8/5 stars.

{ Comments }
Ricky Heisner said:
on Thursday, September 25, 2008

I like how the guitar tone is grittier on this one, capturing the working-class background of the character (if memory serves). There is a looseness to the playing that gets across the sense that his reasons for rejecting the ‘Bleeding Charity’ aren’t terribly sophisticated. I’m very impressed with the care you seemed to take to make every aspect of each song work together to paint a fuller picture of each character.

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