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Ain't No Fire
(c) 2013 Pamela Cardullo Ortiz

Call me boy, tell me to run, will you?
Save my life, if I can.
Even now, you’ll tell me when to fear as if that
Too is for you to command.

Well I wonder, do you tell the stars when to rise?
Is it you tells the birds when to take to the skies?
Do the trees change their hues at the blink of your eyes?

Cause there Ain’t no fire, ain’t no fist
Ain’t no hangman gonna make me twist
Ain’t no devilish hound of hell
Try your torture, it won’t work so well
‘Cause I’ll do everything I can
To show you I’m a man

As this tree is my witness
As the moon testifies
I’ve a destiny unrelated to
Anything you can surmise.

Imagine a world where you don’t own it all
Not my dreams, not my loves, not my hands, not my soul
Just a world where our love is beyond your control

‘Cause I’ve the rage of the ages in my blood
Rising with the tempest like a mighty flood
It’s bound to overwhelm us both
But I’ll stand my ground and by my oath
I’ll do everything I can
To show you I’m a man.


from Red Devil Moon - Live at the Garfield, released January 8, 2015


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