Don't Build Me a Sanctuary

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You will build me a sanctuary
With marquee that says 'come on in!'
Come hear our pastor, a stand-up comic.
You know he dare not speak of sin.
Come hear our worship, you'll swear you hear it
On the radio, on top ten.

But I'll be standing alone in the cold, dark night.
I'll be knocking on your crystal doors.
I'll go wandering through your cities
Into the bars where I feel at home.

So please don't build me a sanctuary
An ossuary with the bones of men.
Tear down your marquee, sell back those palm trees
Cuz' what I got's free, and it's always been.

But I'll be standing alone in the cold, dark night.
I'll be knocking on your crystal doors.
I'll go wandering through your cities
Into the bars where I feel at home.

And I'm gonna build me a sanctuary
A living temple with the hearts of men.
Construct a marquee of grace-lit sinners
Arranged in letters that say 'Come on in!'

And I'll be standing high with my palms raised from the sky.
I'll be shining bright light a diamond in the night.
We'll be crying, drink in the beauty of how we know
It should have always been.

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from Post Tenebras, released August 4, 2014

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An eclectic blend of 70s folk rock, southern hymns, and storytelling ballads behind lyrics that swing from praise to protest and back again.

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