Monday, February 9, 2009

"Sometimes, You Just Know"

As I was working out this morning, I listened to Carrie Newcomer. Her song, Geodes, is a prayer. Pure and simple. A prayer. Here are the words:

You can't always tell one from another.
And it's best not to judge a book by its tattered cover.
I have found when I tried or looked deeper inside
what appears unadorned might be wondrously formed.
You can't always tell but sometimes you just know.
'Round here we throw geodes in our gardens.
They're as common as the rain or corn silk in July.
Unpretentious browns and grays, the stain of Indiana clay,
they're what's left of shallow seas, glacial rock, and mystery,
and inside there shines a crystal bright as promise.
All these things that we call familiar
are just miracles clothed in the commonplace.
You’ll see it if you try in the next stranger's eyes--
God walks around in muddy boots,
sometimes rags, and that's the truth.
You can't always tell, but sometimes you just know.
Some say geodes are made from pockets of tears,
Trapped away in small places for years upon years,
pressed down and transformed,
‘til the true self was born,
and the whole world moved on
like the last notes of a song,
a love letter sent without return address.
You can't always tell one from another.
And it's best not to judge a book by its tattered cover.
Now I don't open them to see-- folks 'round here just like me,
we have come to believe there's hidden good in common things.
You can't always tell but sometimes you just know.
You can't always tell but sometimes you just know.

6 comments:

Paula said...

This is beautiful, and something I needed today. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Jennifer said...

This is lovely and a prayer, indeed.
Thank you!

Diane said...

Carrie Newcomer! Yes! I heard her at Calvin College a couple of years ago for the Faith and Writing Festival. She was great!

and these lyrics are great, too.

Rev SS said...

This is beautiful ~ thanks for sharing it

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Newcomer has given a percentage of her album sales to charitable organizations, she is a really good singer, this song is beautiful, I love it, I think that it is like a poem!22dd

Anonymous said...

their are things i know that i have acted apon and hurt me their are things i see and cannot change as i cannot make people see what i see this passage is inspirational i wish people understood thankyou