Hope

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Written by Bret Mosley, on the banks of the Stono River at the point house inside a shipyard near Hollywood, SC on April 17 & 18, 2011.

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It takes a day or so to slake the road off of my shoulders
I had a dream my daddy finally killed that snake
To find my legs I long to land along the water
The week the rifleman gives away his only daughter

And there is Hope – sky above
And there is Faith in the ground beneath my feet
And there is Grace in the water of the river
Luckily all three always wanna be with me

The shitty side of clarity is that when it shines
Some will huddle round a god and try to make him dumb it down
But it’s a three, a five and a spiral
The territory’s actually the map as it turns out

And there is Hope – when all else is flailing
And there is Faith – what is certain in your heart
And there is Grace – as if you didn’t know
It’s the point house…quiet peace of heaven on the Stono

The world is made of naught but food and playthings, really
Let us sing and dance and laugh until the lights all go down
Peace in my mind. My heart on fire.
My belly as dry as a bone, hear my now

Like those Georgia boys I know named after God’s love
Who have given me more blessings – lawd where do I begin?
The light and the welcome that, simply said, is always there
When there’s no way out find a way further in

And there is Hope – and Hope goes on and on
And there is Faith – she’s the redhead at the bar
And there is Grace – I remember soft, sweet and strong
Golden-holed. The tender moment. Longing

BRIDGE I:
Puzzle pieces raining into place like there’s a reason
Be in Love. Go in Love.
Let the sparks fly, but don’t the let smoke out.
Go with whatcha got – it’s more than enough

Throw a ten-spot in the swear jar
No longer waiting on the past – I gotta say
Got to work tonight and found y’all here in this living room
Shuckin’. Jivin’. Fuckin’ thrivin’.

Born at dawn in the desert on the day of the winner
I get burned, therefore I exist
Moved on to let the gettin’ better happen on it’s own
I finally feel indigenous in the face of all this

And I feel Faith in the Leavers
And I feel Hope up close
And I feel Grace breathing me
Like lovers at a dead run – it’s all you need to know

BRIDGE II:
To have loved well and to have been well loved
Let us start from scratch unless ya wanna start from sniff
Candle burning at both ends, how ya gonna put it down
In your fucked up perfection, you will figure it out, now…

I would not be surprised to see Jacob, Ben or Hurley
Stroll up to me and say, “Hey, Bret do you know what time is it?”
If you have sight and lungs and tongues and bite and teeth
Yell and tell me now whatcha see from where you sit

Cuz I see Hope – looking up
And I feel Faith – confidelis
And I know Grace – anusara
And I know for sho no one could ever earn all this

My whole life happens all at once in every single moment
Scatter my home hither and yon and find
The tribe. The truth. Utterly unthinkable.
Don’t change a thing. Just leave the farm behind.

And there is Hope – pushing the pedals
And there is Faith – whe bids me welcome
And there is Grace – she is my history
The tide might allow me to come to know just what I need

Hope – when you hunt it down
Faith – cast your line
Grace – gather it up
It is the time

The time of Hope.
The time of Faith.
The time of Grace.

It is the time

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from X​-​ING, released October 29, 2013

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Bret Mosley Perth, Australia

Rarely could an artist be said to transcend, yet include, the most raw and real elements of blues, roots rock, soul & funk. Nevertheless—with bone-deep authenticity—that’s exactly what Bret Mosley does, wrestling deftly with longing, belonging & world-weariness...on the way home to hope & grace. Bret has shared the stage with George Porter, Jr., Trombone Shorty & Jackie Greene - to name a few. ... more

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