"The Good Hand" as written by and David Garza....
I am nothing without
his ghost within
and all your wooden eyes cannot see
the good hand upon me

I took my shelter neath a familyre tree
I'm livin where I come from
I am I am my fathers son
see the good hand
see what the good hand done

leave it lye
let it go to ruin
to be blown thin by the wind
a heavy drone
a heavy sway
girl I love to see you talk that way

I live
I live among them
and they breath forth fire
I run
I run fast and then
I do not tire
for the good hand upon me

I see you've chosen to lose your way
to greed with a clank for nothin'
keep your word
captive in thought
you will give all
you will give all you've got
to the good hand upon me
she will understand
from the bottom of her heart
embellished by pains engraving
just how great thou art

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    General CommentThis is the perfect song. His voice is fenomenal, the melody is great and the lyrics couldn't be better.
    ThisIsMyTigersuiton October 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about being blessed by God.
    LaughingPhoenixon November 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe "good hand" is a double-edged thing here, the hand that shelters but also punishes the son shaped by it. The first part of the song describes the hand in its kind aspect, the second in its vengeful one. There are two potential levels of reading to this song - the literal, and the mystical.

    In the mystical reading the hand is God: the believer tries to enact the part of the "faithful son", a good Christian, but in his self-righteousness turns from the good shepard to being the wrathful hand judgement on those he sees as dishonouring God.

    In the literal, the hand belongs to the speaker's father, the son and father can be seen as players in a story of domestic violence. The son grows in his father's image of manhood, accepting the beatings given to him ("I take my shelter neath a familiar tree", "see what the good hand done"), and just like his father, ends up judging his neighbours for failing to meet his expectations ("I see you've chosen to lose your way/to greed with a clank for nothing") and absolving the father's abuse of his wife, the speaker's mother ("she will understand", "embellished by pain's engravings" etc, the last 4 lines").
    delayon April 25, 2014   Link

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