Spiritual

words by Paul Spencer 2016
music adapted from “Wade In The Water”  traditional Negro spiritual

1. If for any reason you want it to look,
Like you weigh a lot less than you do by the book,
Well it may not be honest or completely correct,
But you can take advantage of that buoyancy effect.

And get weighed in the water,
Get weighed in the water, children,
Weighed in the water,
God that’s a terrible word-play.

2. When you’re locked up in a prison cell,
You don’t get to know the guards that well,
But one introduced himself all the same,
He said “Pleased to meet you, Waiden’s my name”.

He was Waiden the Warder,
He was Waiden the Warder, children,
Waiden the Warder,
God that’s a terrible word-play.

3. Just the other night in a restaurant,
We’d all decided what we want,
But the waiters seemed to all be gone,
So I’m tryna tell the kids what’s goin’ on.

We’re waitin’ to order,
We’re waitin’ to order, children,
We’re waitin’ to order,
God that’s a terrible word-play.

When My Blood Stops Movin’

words and music by Paul Spencer, 2016

1. No-one knows what happens when we die,
So I’ll speak for myself, if not for you,
Well nothin’ can be proven, but when my blood stops movin’ it’s goodbye,
It’s the end of thoughts and dreams, or at least to me that seems,
To be the simplest and most likely to be true.

2. Perhaps you plan to have another try,
Just grow a brand new body, same old soul,
Well nothin’ can be proven, but when my blood stops movin’ it’s goodbye,
The line is hard to find between the spirit, brain, and mind,
It’s doubtful that one part outlives the whole.

Chorus:
I won’t go anywhere, I’ll just keep lyin’ there,
But I won’t be called a person anymore,
Then my flesh will call it quits, and I’ll slowly fall to bits,
And my atoms will stay more or less the way they were before.

3. Or will you join the angels up on high?
And dwell in perfect love for ever more,
Well nothin’ can be proven, but when my blood stops movin’ it’s goodbye,
Eternity is fiction, and the same goes for perfection,
I don’t know but I’m reasonably sure.

4. There is no complex doctrine I live by,
The story is both simple and profound,
Well nothin’ can be proven, but when my blood stops movin’ it’s goodbye,
And the lessons it can teach us are as good as those that reach us
By any other path I’ve seen around.

Chorus