From the Stump a Branch will Grow

by Jacob Mau

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Just Say It 03:45
Seven times I have forgiven I think that is enough, O Lord I think that is enough Seventy times seven? you must be kidding I don’t think you understand just what Those people did to me And when it comes right down to I don’t believe you’d ask me to endure Such an injustice quietly I’ve had enough now I must vindicate myself Stand up, make sure everyone knows Its them who’s in the wrong, not me Out of my abundance I have given I think that is enough, O Lord I think that is enough Remember that poor old woman who Offered her whole living with her two small coins? Yes I remember her, Mark chapter twelve But really when it comes right down to it I like that little story, I just don’t think it’s Got much to do with me That woman barely owned a thing I’ve got sizable investments, Lord I can’t manage them as carelessly as she Sermon after sermon I have listened I think that is enough, O Lord I think that is enough I take notes and bring them home To my dresser drawer, but tell me Do you lay your life down for your friends? Do you love like me? No really, when it comes right down to it I pretty much do what I feel like I see them every week and I also pray As long as I keep showing up on Sunday They don’t ask too many questions And frankly Lord, I think we’ll keep it just that way
You came into my town Your Cessna plane touched down Upon our dusty runway For you cannot come here by road It was June 2005 Your clan of missionaries, young and white Carried with them the scent of another world One of wealth and opportunity You spoke just a little Spanish You were surrounded by your luggage You passed out your goods and your knowledge And in ten days you were gone I watched you disappear In the same way you arrived Up into the sky You and your wealthy God flew away And as the dust kicked up By the wheels of your departing plane Settled down upon me I slowly waved My hope left with you But I knew I would remain So fly fly fly away The glory's waiting at your home's celestial shore Fly away leave this dreary world of mine Maybe someday I could fly away like you If I had money, there are so many things I'd do July 2008, You came through my neighborhood To learn some things and do some good That's alright with me, I guess You came walking past my porch I was sitting out by my front door Passing the heat of the day away You wanted to talk so I said okay I'm three years in Katrina's shadow This is the only street that I know They tell me I should leave, but I won't go And soon my neighbors will return And yes I've got some dreams But I'll tell you when I please Cause I know just who you are And I know just how you'll leave Yes I can see it now You've got your ticket out of town Poking out your pocket Just a few more days, You're at the airport gates And I'll be waiting here still Watching you disappear In the same way you arrive Up into the sky And I'll be waiting then Just like I'm waiting now
If they read my journals After I die, what kind of God will they find inside Of the private prose, in The contour and lines Of each prayer and fear And dream of mine? If they read my journals After I die, will they find the Woman I made love with Last night, in the midnight light Inside my sleeping mind? They will find her there, She is a dream of mine.
Say to the wise, Boast not in wisdom Say to the mighty, Do not take pride in your strength Say to the wealthy, Love not your riches In repentance and in rest You would find your salvation In quietness and trust You would find your strength Your strength You would hear a voice A word calling from behind you This is the path you must walk in Turn not to your left or to your right Your left or to your right


released February 23, 2013

all songs by Jacob Mau
tracks 1-3 recorded by Jacob Mau
track 4 recorded by Joe Tessone
all tracks mixed and mastered by Joe Tessone


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Jacob Mau Chicago, Illinois

Jacob Mau spins compelling stories of misfit people and misplaced landscapes oft overlooked by others, and ignored by history. As this year's winner of Chicago's longest-running open mic competition, hosted annually by Uncommon Ground, he is clearly a standout among the city's best singer-songwriters. Good things await this young musician."

-Scott Schaefer
Label Manager
Bloodshot Records
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