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  1. The Carpenter

From the recording Wax and Wane

Lyrics

Her daddy is a building man
He built her up a feeding top
Log by log, he stacked them tall
Her daddy is a building man
Built her up a dreaming bed
Stone by stone, a girl’s small throne
 
His body made weak for the bread that she eats 
The sweat on his brow laid her yellow head down 
 
Her daddy is a shelterer
He made her walls of freedom
Brick by brick, he laid them thick
Her daddy is a shelterer
Made her up a fireplace
Rock by rock, her warmth was wrought
 
His back brazen brown by the sun coming down 
Her heat in command by the work of his hands 
 
Her daddy is a carpenter
Stacks his ladder to the sky
Rung by rung, he climbs back up
Her daddy is a carpenter
Just like the Holy One
High above he, looks so lovely
 
With hammer in hand he tells her his plan 
“I’ll work all my days so my children can play 
And never complain of my labor or pain 
I’ll give of my skin so my family can live ”