You Can Eat The Fruit

from by Laura Goldhamer

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This song is about how sometimes there are rules or laws or assumptions in place that are irrelevant to the times, and really shouldn't be there anymore. It is this sort of out of date rule that should be recognized as such, disobeyed, and changed. For example: Using examples from a well known book, The Bible (heard of it?!), the rule of "eating fish on Fridays" really meant that on Fridays one should eat what they themselves could procure, which isn't always fish for many people these days...

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YOU CAN EAT THE FRUIT

you can eat the fruit, it is good for you
rich in vitamin C, (see) I just bit in
and nothing happened to the garden.

instill fear in us, still in debt and then scared for what will be lost
if they catch us doing what they say will only hurt ourselves
in the long run, they're drinking from
our fountain of youth and prime
it's been tapped, sucked dry & strip mined

but love of this, our spirit, it will persist
nothing's been lost, they can't kill us
or shut us off, because our hearts are true
we adhere to TRUE HEARTS AS RULES
our hearts are true
we adhere to TRUE HEARTS AS RULES

gathering the trash (one man's treasures)
best to build me a nest in which to live
out all of my days (old and alone)
in fear of those who may huff and blow me away
blow down my door (we'll be fine)
tear down my empire (i've worked so hard for)
familiar with (impermanence)
little pigs with their digs of straw brick and sticks...

our hearts are true
we adhere to
TRUE HEARTS AS RULES
our hearts are true
we adhere to
TRUE HEARTS AS RULES

our hearts are true
we adhere to
TRUE HEARTS AS RULES
our hearts are true
we adhere to
TRUE HEARTS AS RULES

so see about the rules
and what they constitute, convoluted
they are out of date
like fish on Fridays in a landlocked state
can't understand
let me, I'll translate it
just eat what you can make
by your own hands
I think that's what was meant
when it was said. 

you can eat the fruit, it is good for you
rich in vitamin C, (see) I just bit in
and nothing happened to the garden.

credits

from LAURA GOLDHAMER & THE SILVERNAIL, released April 15, 2011
Laura Goldhamer (banjo and vocals)
Tyler Ludwick (guitar and vocals)
Jeremy Averitt (bass guitar)
Psyche Cassandra Dunkhase (cello)

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Laura Goldhamer Denver, Colorado

As a folk songwriter, guitarist, old-time banjo player, stop-motion animator, & instrument inventor, Goldhamer enlivens crowds with laughter and awe, conveying her intimate and focused energy in a unified and immersive musical, visual, kinetic, and often comedic performances. ... more

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