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Lyrics Earth Groans - Springs

Father how should a man of integrity ought to be
Does he wear a smile like a veil
Or a sleeve that bleeds his sanity?
When he wears a cross over his heart
Is it for reverence or vanity?
When he visits the chapel at weeks end
Is it insurance? Is it prosperity?

Show me a man who is worthy to lead this generation
Where are the strong? Where are the disciplined?
The snakes have lured us with fruit, the rats have told us lies
And with their spoons of silk they have served us their bribes
Take me to the corners of earth
Show me, an honest man

Tell me how a man of integrity ought to be
Imprinted in his bones there is honesty
His word is a ladder in the lions den
If its firm, then by his word he will be saved
If it falters, then in the den he stays
He is crooked in little and he's honorable in much

He walks on upright, blameless and sincere
Fame and fortune are like mangled rags
Greed's a mat where he wipes his feet
The snakes have lured us with their fruit

The rats have told us lies
Take me to the corners of earth
Show me, an honest man
Like a boulder up against the tide,
He is not moved, he's not displaced,

His flesh withers but his heart perseveres
Compassion flows from him like an endless spring
Nothing to bring shame, nothing to bring reproach

Oh father instill in me
To be a man of integrity
Fearless leaders
Daring shepherds
Men of integrity