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Ballad In Plain Red Lyrics
By Derek Webb

Artist: David Webb
Album: I See Things Upside Down
Date: 2004
Title: Ballad In Plain Red


Iím robbing peter, iím paying paul
iím changing my name back to saul
i got to them and you know iíll get to you

iím turning shepherds into sheep
and leaders into celebrities
itís holy sabotage, just look around you

Ďcause everythingís for sale in the 21st century
and the check is in the mail from the 21st century

donít want the song i want a jingle
i love you Lord but donít hear a single
and the truth is nearly impossible to rhyme

but i know the songs with all the hooks
and i know some lies that will sell some books
so grab Ďem fast, iím running outta time

just keep selling truth in candy bars
on billboards and backs of cars
truth without context, my favorite of all my crimes


what works verses what's right
hey what's the difference tonight?

take out the sign, forget the meal
weíve got a gym and a farris wheel
i swear it's just like the country club down the block

Ďcause you can make your life look good
you can do what Jesus would
but youíd be surprised what you can do with a hard heart


i think youíve got trouble in the 21st century
so welcome to the struggle, itís the 21st century
i never thought iíd make it to the 21st century
Lord, i love the 21st century

i write these words from the grave
Ďcause itís the only place that iím safe
and only the dead are permitted to speak the truth

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