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She has a wicked smile she pulls from a scowl revealing straightened teeth
Through dark glass she stares and cuts through the air like a knife caught in relief
And she may hate the robber, but she'll love the thief
You may say you cannot love her but I have belief

Because when she opens her eyes she shows you the sky it's dark and it is deep
What she tries to hide though you see them shine is that they are known to weep
And everything you give away is everything that you should keep
And this is what you will discover when you see her, when you see her

See her, see her, see her

When we meet in this place I can feel your distaste though it could just be my nerves
In reality you don't even see me, the thought probably never occurred, we exchange polite words
Though I did observe, though no sound was heard, an exhaled surge, like the beating wings of a birds,
That sounds as the strings of a zither, though it may take a little courage
If you would only see her

See all around you, see the leper at your feet
See you can't lose if you have nothing to defeat
Except what you need, accept what you need

You say you can't be at home after all that's been done, with anyone that resembles me
But if nothing's been said how can it all be decided? Is this how we'll let it be?
You could see me as clear as when I look into my mirror
But you won't see me my dear until you see her, until you see her
See her, see her, see her


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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