All That You Have Is Your Soul

September 10, 2006

 

 

India of Tehuantepec

 

All That
You Have Is Your Soul


Oh my mama
told me
‘Cause she say she learned the hard way
She say she wanna spare the children
She say don’t give or sell your soul away
‘Cause all that you have is your soul

 

Well I was a pretty young girl once
I had dreams I had high hopes
I married a man he stole my heart away
He gave his love but what a high price I paid
All that you have is your soul

 

So don’t be tempted by the shiny apple
Don’t you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
‘Cause all that you have is your soul

 

Why was I such a young fool
Thought I’d make history
Making babies was the best I could do
Thought I’d made something that could be mine forever
Found out the hard way one can’t possess another
And all that you have is your soul

 

So don’t be tempted by the shiny apple
Don’t you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
‘Cause all that you have is your soul

 

I thought, thought that I could find a way
To beat the system
To make a deal and have no debts to pay
I’d take it all, I’d take it all, I’d run away
Me for myself first class and first rate
But all that you have is your soul

 

So don’t be tempted by the shiny apple
Don’t you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
‘Cause all that you have is your soul

 

Here I am, I’m waiting for a better day
A second chance
A little luck to come my way
A hope to dream, a hope that I can sleep again
And wake in the world with a clear conscience and clean hands
‘Cause all that you have is your soul

 

So don’t be tempted by the shiny apple
Don’t you eat of a bitter fruit
Hunger only for a taste of justice
Hunger only for a world of truth
‘Cause all that you have is your soul

 

Oh my mama told me
‘Cause she say she learned the hard way
She say she wanna spare the children
She say don’t give or sell your soul away
‘Cause all that you have is your soul

All that you have
All that you have
All that you have
Is your soul

Tracy
Chapman

 

Apples

 

 

Painting: Indian of Tehuantepec

Artist: Alfredo Martinez

 

Photogaph: Apples

Artist: Patrick Sorrente

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2 Responses to “All That You Have Is Your Soul”

  1. sureshg said

    I loved both Fast car and the above number!. Such earthy Guitar music of Tracy! Such lovely enmotions!. I am getting addicted to your blog. Hope you don’t mind me peeping now and then. Keep blogging and I look forward to your blog.

  2. kimtelas said

    I would like a fast car. Once I did have one, a 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I drove to South Dakota to back pack and once there it was already dusk. I tried to hike up this incline and kept falling. I looked up through the trees and said to myself:This is not meant to be at this time.

    Backpacking requires much of us: The only way out is with our two aching feet. So I slept to the rustling of wind and deer, woke up, and drove an 8hr drive in 6. I went 100 mph every moment I could, winding roads and all. There was an imperative within me. So, this means I need a race car vacation!

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