Survivor 

©1989 Andrew Calhoun, recorded on Hope.

Cut me a hole in your body
Cut me a hole in your time 
Cut me a hole in your freedom 
I'll cut a hole in mine 

I'll cut a hole in my story 
I'll cut a hole in my game 
I'll cut a hole in my shadow 
Hold me right up to the flame 

Hold me right up to the mirror 
Hold me right up to the ghost 
Where the children were frozen in terror 
And all of their honor was lost 

Where it turned into, "I don't need this one" 
And, "I can do better than you" 
And suffering Jesus remembers 
Much better than all of you do 

Yes, suffering Jesus remembers 
Who stole the pitcher of tea 
And who gave the beggar refusal 
And who stuck a sword into me 

As I was the one who was chosen 
To pay the high price of sin 
On the cold, hot floor of unreason 
At the wheel where worlds begin 

As God is my mother and father 
You have no more of that name 
By the power of all I remember 
By the freedom that comes with that claim 

For here is a girl who's been beaten 
But still, she is willing to try 
And forced at the altar of falsehood 
Still she is unwilling to lie 

And what does that say for our silence 
And all of the feeling we fake 
All of those bleak, wasted moments 
All the excuses we make 

May you outlive the end of that story 
And in harmony's banner of light 
May you walk a long morning in glory 
Up the hill at the end of the night
May you walk a long morning in glory  
Up the hill at the end of the night

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