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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tea and Sympathy

For our Teatime Tuesday, here's one of my favorite songs, that just happens to be about tea. Well, it's not about tea, but it uses tea for the metaphor. For added enjoyment, why not brew yourself a cup, then take in the song. At this time of night, it will have to be Sleepytime or Camomile for me. Enjoy!



Tea and Sympathy
by Jars of Clay
Fare thee well
Trade in all our words for tea and sympathy
Wonder why we tried, for things that could never be
Play our hearts lament, like an unrehearsed symphony
Not intend
To leave this castle full of empty rooms
Our love the captive in the tower never rescued
And all the victory songs
Seem to be playing out of tune
But it's not the way
That it has to be
Don't trade our love for tea and sympathy
'Cause it's not the way
That it has to be
You begin
And all your words fall to the floor and break like china cups
And the waitress grabs a broom and tries to sweep them up
I reach for my tea and slowly drink in
[Chorus:]
'Cause it's not the way
That it has to be
Don't trade our love for tea and sympathy
'Cause it's not the way
That it has to be
Don't trade our love for tea and sympathy
So fare thee well
Words the bag of leaves that fill my head
I could taste the bitterness and call the waitress instead
She holds the answer, smiles and asks one teaspoon or two
[Chorus x 2]
Don't trade us for tea and sympathy
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
We can work it out
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
We can work it out
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
We can work it out

2 comments:

Laura said...

Ah, I haven't listened to Jars of Clay in years. They were my favorite band all through the 90's. Thank you for the reminder of their beautiful music heavy with meaning for Christians but not alienating to non-believers.

I think this will be my soundtrack today with a cup of Kenyan ginger tea. :)

D.L. White said...

Yeah, they're such a good bad. I loved their lyrics and musical style, especially on the "Much Afraid" album.

They were a great live band too, when we saw them in concert. Great show.