Why I've Never Had a Birthday Party

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I sit on my porch and look to the sky,
Full of sparrows and warblers all passing me by,
There are mountains at my fingers, green grass at my toes,
And a sea full of flowers that die and then grow

I go back inside and what do I see?
But my family with presents all waiting for me,
A surprise I’d imagine, but I’m not all too thrilled,
There’s a sea full of presents, all run of the mill

I’ll tell you my brother, there’s one thing I know,
That all this bright paper is all just for show,
It’s something I’ve taken from dusk until dawn,
That you need to know when to move on,
If a gift's just that simple, and if a gift’s only free,
You’ve got to get what you’ve been given, and it’s all the same to me

I look back behind me and gaze to the outside,
Whose beauty and majesty have nothing to hide,
But I imagine my party, with the presents so lame,
Hold similar beauty; they’re one in the same

I’ll tell you my brother, there’s one thing I know,
That all this bright paper is all just for show,
I’ve thought on it some more from day until night,
And I know what I’ve seen is the light,
If a gift's just that simple, and if a gift’s only free,
You’ve got to get what you’ve been given, and it’s all the same to me

I see people striving for more,
The public eye contorting all,
I long for a more primal beauty,
But if we don’t understand that we’ll fall, fall, fall

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight

When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right

I’ll tell you my family, there’s a lot that I know,
But all your bright paper is surely for show,
You all must look forward to that one special day,
Where you throw all your troubles away,
And your gift may be simple, and your gift may be free,
You’ve gotta take what you’ve been given,
Or else, my friend you’re surely missin’,
That one feeling we call livin’,
And it’s all the same to me

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from Sing the Rest, released August 15, 2013

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The Sunshine Patriots is a group composed of four musicians with very different influences, very different instruments, and very different personalities who play folk music together.

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