Book of Names 
Leela Grace

I open the book of names
And lay my finger down
I don’t want to be the same
Don’t want to be found

[chorus] I lay myself naked
Upon the barren earth
The dark wind swirls around me
I wait the day of my birth
I am afraid of the light
But I open wide my eyes
And wait with broken breath
For the parting of the skies

I will lay aside this hooded cloak
Grown raggedy and torn
Let me feel the sun and roses
Though I sometimes feel the thorns

[Bridge] I’ve been afraid that you would see me
Afraid that I might fail
Afraid I would be free
Afraid I could be killed
Afraid that I am beautiful

My flames are rising higher
I fear I may get burned
But I give in to my fire
Let the mocking faces turn

[last chorus] And I lay myself naked
Upon the waking earth
The spring wind swirls around me
It is the day of my birth
I’m still afraid of the light
But I open wide my eyes
And stand with broken breath
At the parting of the skies

(© 2004 Leela Grace, BMI)

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