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Squint by Steve Taylor
Squint (1993)
Label: Warner Alliance

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The Finish Line by Steve Taylor


Lyrics
Once upon an average morn
An average boy was born for the second time
Prone upon the altar there
He whispered up the prayer he'd kept hid inside

The vision came, he saw the odds
A hundred little gods on a gilded wheel
"These will vie to take Your place
But, Father, by Your grace I will never kneel"

And I saw you, upright and proud
And I saw you wave to the crowd
And I saw you laughing out loud
At the Philistines
And I saw you brush away rocks
And I saw you pull up your socks
And I saw you out of the blocks
For the finish line

Darkness falls, the devil stirs
And as your vision blurs you start stumbling
The heart is weak, the will is gone
And every strong conviction comes tumbling down

Malice rains, the acid guile
Is sucking at your shoes while the mud is fresh
It floods the trail, it bleeds you dry
As every little god buys its pound of flesh

And I saw you licking your wounds
And I saw you weave your cocoons
And I saw you changing your tunes
For the party line
And I saw you welsh on old debts
I saw you and your comrades bum cigarettes
And you hemmed and you hawed
And you hedged all your bets
Waiting for a sign

Let's wash our hands as we throw little fits
Let's all wash our hands as we curse hypocrites
We're locked in the washroom turning old tricks
Deaf and joyless and full of it

The vision came, he saw the odds
A hundred little gods on a gilded wheel
"These have tried to take Your place
But, Father, by Your grace I will never kneel
I will never kneel"

Off in the distance, bloodied, but wise
As you squint with the light of the truth in your eyes

And I saw you - both hands were raised
And I saw your lips move in praise
And I saw you steady your gaze
For the finish line
Every idol like dust, a word scattered them all
And I rose to my feet when you scaled the last wall
And I gasped when I saw you fall
In His arms
At the finish line

At the finish line
M.U.