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Anatomy of a Song Part 2 (The Problem of Pain)

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The Problem of Pain TPR 11/28/05, TX

congratulations
you’re first runner-up
pretty good try
but not good enough
you’ll always be Pancho
not Cisco the Kid
sit down says the dentist
this won’t hurt a bit

there’s bad days at the office
there’s pillars of salt
there’s your quarrel with karma
but that’s not what it’s called
in the eleventh grade
when they had different names
for a different boy
with the problem of pain

oh what a cross to bear
oh for the hurt you treasure
oh for a sweet surrender

you pray for the day
you start dreaming in cursive
when you’re able to say
it was all just rehearsal
when you’re star of the show
and it’s time to let go
but you need to hold on
‘cause it’s all that you know

so start with the truth
it’s there if you want it
as the perfect excuse
for not rising above it
but there’s nothing to prove
if there’s no one to blame
your prayer has been answered
with the problem of pain

oh what a cross to bear
oh for the hurt you treasure
oh for a sweet surrender


from a writing assignment by John D Lamb
Lambs’ Retreat 11/5/05 Harbor Springs, MI