ENCOURAGE
words by Shannon Michael Terry music by the Open Door Orchestra

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I encourage you
to open your mouth so wide

People will walk into you
seeing from the inside out

Encourage you
to leap on stage
sing that song you’ve
been holding so dear

To grab me
teach me to waltz

Have a staring contest with the sun

Be still for a moment
a lifetime

Encourage you

To summon the unknown
gypsy girl
melted sorbet
smearing your bodies
‘til it hardens you like stone
celebrating in chocolate water

Encourage you
to slide down banisters
barking like a dog

As moon and stars etch the sky
echoing our past

Encourage you
to give your TV
to a blind man

It’ll make more sense to him

To get up while you can
Get out while you can
Get it up while you can
NOW
Get it up
Get it up
Get it up
Come on

Get out while you can

Encourage you
To look into the eyes of your grandmother
Lapis and carnelian

Skin dripping off the bone

Encourage you to look inside

walking between worlds
listening to
the echoes
echo

To get up while you can
Get out while you can
Get it up while you can

NOW
Get it up
get it up
get it up
Come on

Encourage you
to slide down banisters
bark’n like a dog

As moon and stars etch the sky
echoing our past

Jumping on the back of day
biting at the neck
from the nest
my beak it appears
squawking at the worm

 

Encourage you
To take the bus
Ride a bike
Walk
Run
Jump
Fly
Fly
Fly

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