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The Wealth of My Position

from Her Sacred Status by Richard McGraw

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The grains that you offer me
are few and far between they’re
numbers on the walls that I’ve stopped counting
and even though I’ve turned my head
I know it’s still your evening
and all of my employees know you’re leaving

The grains that you gave to me,
they couldn’t feed a family like my
Workers have revolted and retreated
And it’s a protest to hopelessness;
it’s a typical response I guess
I find myself in their picket line quite often

And while the mystery remains
it only teases with its pain
Concerning the wealth of my position
Maybe you’re the mystic with the flower in you hand
And your confusion is like parables like riddles when I
Proceed to comprehend in vein

When Time was the doctor, God the nurse and I the patient, they were
Slow and incapable in caring for there patients, because in their time of need
They would just watch them
So I said, "I think they need a new occupation".

And all the memories that I’ve saved and all the distinctions that I’ve made
To assure me of the wealth of my position
And the ever-present mystic with the flower in her hand
Downplays all my fondest of memories
Dulls oh the sharpest of distinctions
For they don’t keep me wealthy
They don’t keep me feeling wealthy
They don’t keep me feeling whole

And the time that you gave away
like gifts on Christmas holiday they
Make you out to be just like Saint Nick
But you were never that jolly and pardon the honesty
I’d like to trade them in for something else


from Her Sacred Status, released July 11, 2001


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Richard McGraw Jacksonville, Florida

A record on Leonard Cohen's kitchen table and one in Lou Reed's hands.

A few loyal devotees have kept this man's art afloat for over 20 years.

"He is an unknown legend in his time."
-Neil Young
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