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I thought that we'd be further along by now
I can't remember how
We stumbled to this place

I loved you like a long lost brother
On a bad day maybe I thought, why bother
I've seldom seen so much anger in a face

I wanna do better
I wanna try harder
I wanna believe down to the letter

Jesus and Mary
Can you carry us across this ocean
Into the arms of forgiveness?

I don't mean to laugh out loud
I'm trying to come clean, trying to shed my doubt
Maybe I should just keep my big mouth shut

More often than not when it comes to you
You want whatever's not in front of you
Deep down I know this includes me too

I wanna do better
I wanna try harder
I wanna believe down to the letter

Jesus and Mary
Can you carry us across this ocean
Into the arms of forgiveness?

So tell me your troubles, let your pain rain down
I know my job, I've been around
I invest in the mess, I'm a low cost dumping ground

Trouble is I'm so exhausted
The plot, you see, I think I've lost it
I need the grace to find what can't be found

I wanna do better
I wanna try harder
I wanna believe down to the letter

Jesus and Mary
Can you carry us across this ocean
Into the arms of forgiveness?

Jesus and Mary
Come and carry us across this ocean
Into the arms of forgiveness



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    UnregisteredJan 25, 2014 at 11:26 pm
    The vocals here are pretty fresh, my only concern is that on the last two verses I had a hard time keeping up with: Almost as if she got lazy. Although, I think she purposely sings in this matter.
    For me, I like more of a straight forward approach, I wanna know what she means and why she's singing it. I can't say I really get that throughout the entire song, but the choruses are always killer; vocally and lyrically.
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    UnregisteredJan 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm
    Jesus and Mary, it's a beautiful notion, but in my personal opinion, Jesus is the only one who can and has redeemed us.
    I really enjoy the I wanna do better, I wanna try harder part. I think this part is the most relatable.
    I have a hard time seeing this as a type of love song, meaning romantically, although I'm sure it could be.
    For me this is more of a family, friend kind of song, betrayal, forgiveness.

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