New Song/ Old Song

from by Nicky Jadaszewski

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Give a gift to me and just go by:
I'd feel so grateful.
I'll pay you back; could that just be why
you were nice at all?

I can't afford you. I can't afford you,
without heavy loads of debt fees.
Are we like this, living amiss,
helping out for equal reward?
I hope I'm wrong.

Honesty is all you need,
but I can't quite get that right.
If altruism exists, that's nice;
if not, that's just how it is.

Give a gift to me and just go by:
I'd feel so grateful.
I'll pay you back; could that just be why
you were nice at all?

I admit you, if you want to
wonder daily when charity
better serves our narcissism,
when we fake our empathy.
I can't afford you. I can't afford you
without heavy load of debt fees.
Are we like this, living amiss,
helping out for equal reward?

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[Note: These lyrics are from about 2010--so a little personally outdated. The song came from the doubt that there is such a thing as true self-giving Love, and the suspicion that we are motivated to do good only to get something in return or to feel good about ourselves. No doubt, there is real Love! (But we tend toward narcissism big time.) Eventually, after this album was finished, by His grace I stopped ignoring that the answer is in the Lord Jesus Christ, in His Mystical Body: His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, with more thanks than I can give also due to Mary, His and my (and your) Blessed Mother and Queen of Heaven. No doubt, without Him, we can do nothing and less than nothing. Ad Jesu per Mariam! All glory, praise and honor be to the Most Holy Trinity!]

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from Second, released July 14, 2017

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