"Every Sorrow" lyrics - JOE HENRY

"Every Sorrow"
(Joe Henry / John Smith)

Safely in strong arms I lie now
Torn, the flags, but still they fly now;
Memories of the cold Decembers
Trampled roses, cloves and embers-
Gone the shadows deep divisions
That trade on hopes with steep conditions.
After every sorrow comes a joy
But every sorrow knows one more

Theives are cornered, smoking lanterns swing
Threadbare shoulders rolling under wings-
Sliding from her arms, conforming
Darkest eyes to brightest morning
Stealing back through woods and ditches
Pulling out the crooked stitches.
After every sorrow comes a joy
But every thief, he knows one more

I envy the sky its open arms
Its hidden eye, its howling false alarms;
The way it moves above you trembling
The day it breaks to pull you in, then
Curtain of its heart descending
Spiriting the sun its ending.
After every sorrow comes a joy
But every howl hides one more
This may challenge all our senses
Hold us tight within its fences-
But singing out, her gate stands open
For all the world, so weak and broken
A story giving all a framing
A face that waits but for a naming.
After every sorrow comes a joy
And every story knows one more