The Only One

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Babylonian Talmud Hagiga 15a

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The Only One

Akiva walked into the vineyard
Three friends at his side.
To the well-watered vineyard
With garnet fruit and slack green vines.
They all walked in together, and they looked all about.
But Akiva’d be the only one, the only one, the only one,
Akiva’d be the only one who’d walk out.

Ben Azzai climbed too high
Mind snagged on the cut of a cloud.
Now his body hung broken from a branch
Eyes wide like the volume got turned too loud.
He’d walked in with a lively step, and he’d looked all about.
But Akiva’d be the only one, the only one, the only one,
Akiva’d be the only one who’d walk out.

Everyone has a dream
To get to the other side.
To think there’s not a price to pay
To take that chariot ride.
Everyone wants to be
The one who can see.
But the sad truth is there are precious few
Who enter and leave in peace.

Ben Zoma drew waves with a stick
Wet lines in the dirt.
His words melted into mumbling dust
Mud caked on his torn t-shirt.
He’d walked in with a sharp mind, and he’d looked all about.
But Akiva’d be the only one, the only one, the only one,
Akiva’d be the only one who’d walk out.

Elisha swung from the slippery vines
Tanned arms out tree to tree
Tarzaned in a ripped loin cloth
But he never made it to free.
He’d walked in with faith, and he looked about.
But Akiva’d be the only one, the only one, the only one,
Akiva’d be the only one who’d walk out.

Akiva came into the vineyard.
Akiva walked out.
No cries for water water
Feet forward on the marble route.
He’d walked in with his three friends, and he’d looked all about.
But Akiva’d be the only one, the only one, the only one,
But the sad truth is
There are precious few who
enter and leave in peace.

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from Something of Mine, released April 26, 2017

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