Choose Carefully

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CHOOSE CAREFULLY

VERSE 1:

THERE WAS A MAN WHO WAS LOOKING FOR A PATH TO TAKE
A WAY TO MAKE THINGS CLEAR.
HE CAME TO A ROAD WITH AN INTRIGUING SIGN THAT SAID,
"DO NOT ENTER HERE."

HE QUESTIONED WHY CURIOSITY RAN HIGH
AS HE SEARCHED FOR A WHY TO GET IN.
AND WHY HE CHOSE, NO ONE REALLY KNOWS,
BUT THAT'S WHERE MY STORY BEGINS.

HE GOT AROUND THE FENCE NO THOUGHT OF RECOMPENSE
AND GOT ON TO THE PATH JUST FINE.
THE DANGERS THAT AWAIT AND THE THINGS AT STAKE
SEEMED NEVER TO ENTER HIS MIND.

HE CARRIED ON THIS WAY THINKIN' IT'D BE OK
OBLIVIOUS TO WHAT MIGHT OCCUR.
HE COULDN'T REALIZE WHAT WOULD BE HIS DEMISE
BECAUSE HIS THINKING WAS ALL A BLUR.

CHORUS:

OH, REDEEM HIS SOUL
FROM THE DEPTHS OF MISERY AND ENDLESS WOE
THOUGH HE WILL TRY, HE CANNOT DENY
WHAT BE REVEALED ON THE OTHER SIDE

VERSE 2:

HE WENT DOWN THE PATH WITHOUT LOOKING BACK
NOT EVEN A CASUAL GLANCE
AND WHAT'S WORSE THE CURSE THAT CAME TO HIM FIRST
WHEN HE TOOK THIS TERRIBLE CHANCE.

THE NIGHT SET IN AND THE COLD TOUCHED HIS SKIN
AND HELPED HIM TO REALIZE HIS FATE.
HE WANTED TO GO BACK NOW AND RETURN SOMEHOW,
BUT YOU SEE IT WAS ALL TOO LATE.

UP YONDER HE COULD SEE THROUGH THE DARK OF THE NIGHT
TWO VIBRANT AND GLOWING RED EYES.
HE LOOKED CLOSER TO SEE WHAT THIS CREATURE COULD BE,
BUT THE DARKNESS HAD IT DISGUISED.

WITH CAUTIOUS STEPS AND QUICK SHORTENING BREATHS
HE STARTED TO MAKE OUT A FACE.
A LONG POINTY CHIN AND A DIRTY WHITE GRIN
BROUGHT TO LIFE HIS FEARS OF THIS PLACE

CHORUS

VERSE 3:

HE STOPPED DEAD IN HIS TRACKS AND NEARLY COLLAPSED
AT THE SOUND OF THIS CREATURE'S VOICE.
A WHISPER A GROWL THAT WOULD MAKE YOUR SKIN CRAWL,
IT SAID, "NOW YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE A CHOICE."

THE CREATURE WAS STANDING AT A FORK IN THE PATH
AND IT GESTURED FIRST TO THE RIGHT.
IT SAID," THIS PATH WILL TAKE YOU BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM,
BUT NOT TO YOUR DELIGHT."

AND HE SAID, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT TO MY DELIGHT?"
IT SAID, "I MEAN EXACTLY WHAT I SAID."
"THE SHAME THE SCORN YOU'LL WISH YOU WEREN'T BORN.
YOU'LL NEARLY WISH YOU WERE DEAD."

TEARS WELLED UP IN HIS EYES AS HE CAME TO REALIZE
THE CONSEQUENCE OF WHAT HE HAD DONE.
THIS CREATURE HAD SPOKEN AND HIS HEART, IT WAS BROKEN
AND NOW THERE WAS NOWHERE TO RUN.

CHORUS

MAYBE OUT OF FRUSTRATION OR FEAR OF HUMILIATION
HE SAID, "SIR, NOW, WHAT IS YOUR NAME?"
IT SAID, "YOU DON'T REALLY NEED IT AND THE REASON YOU SEEK IT IS TO FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO BLAME."

HE CONTINUED, "WHAT IS THIS PLACE? CAN'T IT BE ERASED?"
IT SAID, "I THOUGHT THAT YOU'D NEVER ASK."
YOU WANT TO BE FORGOTTEN AND YOUR CHOICES THAT WERE ROTTEN?
THEN GO DOWN THIS OTHER PATH."

THEN EMERGED FROM THE WOOD A MAN SO HUMBLE AND GOOD
HE SAID, "SON, THAT WOULD BE A MISTAKE.
YOU SEE, THOSE PEOPLE THEY LOVE YOU, AND THEY WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU.
THIS IS NOT THE ROAD YOU SHOULD TAKE."

"NOW, LET ME TAKE THE BLAME, I'D RATHER SOIL MY GOOD NAME
THEN TO HAVE YOU LIVE IN MISERY."
AND WITH THAT MAN I WALKED AND WE TALKED AND TALKED
ABOUT THIS NEW LIFE I WOULD LEAD

CHORUS (REVISED):

OH, HE'S REDEEMED MY SOUL
FROM THE DEPTHS OF MISERY AND ENDLESS WOE
NOW I CAN TRY BECAUSE I CAN CONFIDE
IN THE MAN WHO DWELLS ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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from Banjo Nelson - EP, released May 20, 2016

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