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As I went down to the valley to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord show me the way

Come on sinners let's go down
Come on down, don't you want to come down
Come on sinners and let's go down
Down in the valley to pray

You go with those who go easily with you
You never give a good heart its due
You've never spent the night in the light of what it's like to be true

You seek wisdom yet keep company with fools
You commit the crimes of which you accuse
You claim the victim yet your heart's the victim of your own abuse

Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do
Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do

I chain myself and claim that I'm free
I don't know how around others to be
I challenge others for their wants while I deny my own needs

I set the lock but have forgotten the key
I ask a blind man what it's like to see
I conceal the truth from myself that no one could be as blind as me

Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do
Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do

Well I tried to be a good man, but there are no good men around
Hey hey well I tried to be a good man, but there are no good men around
Guess I'll try to be a good man in my way any how

They call the game and they hold all the cards
They're never near but always far
They make us till the earth and tell us to strive for the stars

They build the prisons yet live outside the bars
They take it easy and give it out hard
They may not be to blame but we believe they are

Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do
Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do

Well I tried to find my heroes, but my heroes could not be found
Hey hey well I tried to find my heroes, my heroes could not be found
The only heroes are lying six feets beneath the ground

We stay hungry as long as we're fed
We toss and turn in an unmade bed
We wake to find the world does not match the words that we've said

We push hope while we're filled with dread
We have left feet and we have no head
We believe our path is right but we know we are easily misled

Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do
Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do
Lord help us 'cause we don't know what we do

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from Lost Blues & Forgotten Ballads, released September 9, 2009

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William Lee and the Modern Primitives Nashville, Tennessee

William Lee is the nom de guerre of William B. Sealy.

The question of humanity—it's loss through privation of the spirit, it's corruption by seemingly unsurmountable forces, and it's redemption and salvation by acts and actors of disproportionate courage—is a pervasive theme throughout Lee's work. ... more

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