Lauryn Hill Oh Jerusalem Lyrics
Oh Jerusalem yeah, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem... Realizing that there's no place else to go And there's nobody I know who can help me Text book solutions are so improbable 'cause everybody else is just as empty Naked as the day that I was born, I tried to hide ...behind education and philosophy Hopeless explanation to describe a situation I can't see because the world's on top of me Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me From the body of this death Freeing me from dust, and the superficial trust Of an enemy that seeks to take my breath Failing to connect, 'cause I'm morally defect By reason of the God inside my head Causing me to see, only what pertains to me Believing I'm alive when I'm still dead Limited to earth, unable to find out my worth 'cause I... can't see past my own vanity If I'm not included, then I just have to remove it From my mind because it has to be in sanity Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me From the body of this death Can I even factor, that I've only been an actor In this staged interpretation of this day Focused on the shadow, with my back turned to the light Too intelligent to see it's me in the way What a paradox, having God trapped in a box All this time professing to be spiritual Naturally pretending, that I'm actually defending God (?) don't need material Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness That thou may be saved from thy deception How long, shall thy face those lies within thee Oh Jerusalem, keeping thee from perfection Submit to truth, leave the deception of thy youth So we could walk in the council of authority Forget the proof, our generation so aloof Only follow in the steps of the majority Trust in the Lord, with all thy heart And lay not to thine, oh an understanding in all thy ways Acknowledge Him, and He shall correct our paths Be (?) you can follow him We judge and condemn, just as ignorant as them Who religion tells us that we should ignore Perpetrating we're in covenant with Him Exposed by the very things that we adore We grin and shake hands, then lay ambush for the man Who has a different point of view then us Infuriated 'cause he doesn't understand Bringing up those things we don't want to discuss Why still do evil, we don't know how to do good Walking on in darkness running from the light, ey Led to believe, because we live in neighborhoods Telling us what's going on will be alright Oh so repressed, so convinced that I was blessed When I played with my game of Monopoly Oh to suggest, that my life is still a mess Who reveal the pride I'm hiding is what's stopping me Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness That thou may be saved from thy deception How long, shall thy face those lies within thee Oh Jerusalem keeping them from perfection Abide in me and I in you, as the branch cannot bare ...fruit of itself except in the vine I am the vine, ye are the branches, He's in live in me And I in him, the same bring forth much fruit Without me, you can do nothing Oh Jerusalem, you're traditions have deceived you I've chosen you, you haven't chosen me Do whatsoever, you asking my name he may give to you But in vain they call my name teaching doctrines just the same Justified among themselves But God know with the heart, what man esteemed as smart Is an abomination to Emmanuel Just repent, turn from selfish motivation So iniquity will not cause your demise Make you a new heart and a new spirit ...for why would he die Oh Jerusalem, please tell me why I have no pleasure in the death of him to die Says the Lord God where forth turn yourselves and live It's not the talkers, but the walkers and his word Are the only ones the Father will forgive Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness That thou may be saved from thy deception How long, shall thy face those lies within thee Oh Jerusalem, providing you no protection Oh Jerusalem...
Written by: Lauryn Hill
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