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LAURYN HILL lyrics : "Oh Jerusalem"

Oh Jerusalem yeah, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem...

Realizing that there's no place else to go

And there's nobody I know who can help me
Text book solutions are so improbable
Cuz everybody else is just as empty

Naked as the day that I was born, I tried to hide
...behind education and philosophy
Hopeless explanation to describe a situation

I can't see because the world's on top of me
Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me
From the body of this death

Freeing me from dust, and the superficial trust
Of an enemy that seeks to take my breath
Failing to connect, cuz I'm morally defect

By reason of the God inside my head
Causing me to see, only what pertains to me
Believing I'm alive when I'm still dead

Limited to earth, unable to find out my worth
Cuz I... can't see past my own vanity
If I'm not included, then I just have to remove it

From my mind because it has to be in sanity
Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me
From the body of this death

Can I even factor, that I've only been an actor
In this staged interpretation of this day
Focused on the shadow, with my back turned to the light

Too intelligent to see it's me in the way
What a paradox, having God trapped in a box
All this time professing to be spiritual

Naturally pretending, that I'm actually defending
God (?) don't need material


Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
That thou may be saved from thy deception
How long, shall thy face those lies within thee

Oh Jerusalem, keeping thee from perfection

Submit to truth, leave the deception of thy youth

So we could walk in the council of authority
Forget the proof, our generation so aloof
Only follow in the steps of the majority

Trust in the Lord, with all thy heart
And lay not to thine, oh an understanding in all thy ways
Acknowledge Him, and He shall correct our paths

Be (?) you can follow him
We judge and condemn, just as ignorant as them
Who religion tells us that we should ignore

Perpetrating we're in covenant with Him
Exposed by the very things that we adore
We grin and shake hands, then lay ambush for the man

Who has a different point of view then us
Infuriated cuz he doesn't understand
Bringing up those things we don't want to discuss

Why still do evil, we don't know how to do good
Walking on in darkness running from the light, ey
Led to believe, because we live in neighborhoods

Telling us what's going on will be alright
Oh so repressed, so convinced that I was blessed
When I played with my game of Monopoly

Oh to suggest, that my life is still a mess
Who reveal the pride I'm hiding is what's stopping me


Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
That thou may be saved from thy deception
How long, shall thy face those lies within thee

Oh Jerusalem keeping them from perfection

Abide in me and I in you, as the branch cannot bare

...fruit of itself except in the vine
I am the vine, ye are the branches, He's in live in me
And I in him, the same bring forth much fruit

Without me, you can do nothing
Oh Jerusalem, you're traditions have deceived you
I've chosen you, you haven't chosen me

Do whatsoever, you asking my name he may give to you
But in vain they call my name
teaching doctrines just the same
Justified among themselves
But God know with the heart, what man esteemed as smart

Is an abomination to Emmanuel
Just repent, turn from selfish motivation
So iniquity will not cause your demise
Make you a new heart and a new spirit
...for why would he die

Oh Jerusalem, please tell me why
I have no pleasure in the death of him to die
Says the Lord God where forth turn yourselves and live
It's not the talkers, but the walkers and his word
Are the only ones the Father will forgive


Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
That thou may be saved from thy deception
How long, shall thy face those lies within thee
Oh Jerusalem, providing you no protection


Oh Jerusalem...

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