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Inspired by Pushing Daisies, this commission is full of love for a great many people in my life who have very special gifts and like to solve mysteries.

The melody is a music box with a mechanical dancer, delicate, sparkling, magical, unstoppable.

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Nobody understood (nobody could) all the precautions and the prayers,
rules and restrictions, all the bother to behave
But some are so exceptional, so rare -- one in ten million --
even daring to step out into the street is beyond brave

It's not what you've lost, it's what you've saved
And it's not what it's cost, it's what you've braved

The word they use is "gifted" but it chafes when the gift just takes away
your freedom and your friends, the recklessness of play
But unlike any other, you were blessed, so you use it for the best
a taste of beauty the world never expected

It's not what you've lost, it's what you've claimed
And you've earned every step of your way

You look and don't touch
You look and don't touch
You do not ask much, no
You look and don't touch
You look and don't touch
'Cause looks can kiss and looks can cut so deep

It took training, it took time, and it took tests -- & a few hard accidents --
to learn the limits you'd live with all your days
But routine became your solace, expertise -- comfort lives in recipes;
you craft a masterpiece, guessing how it tastes

You look and don't touch
You look and don't touch
You do not ask much, no
You look and don't touch
You look and don't touch
'Cause words can kiss and words can cut so deep

Heart of hearts, you are here and that's enough
You know your own way to love
You know your own way to love
Heart of hearts, you are here with me tonight
And if I hold you in my eyes --

'Cause looks can kiss and looks can cut you
You look and don't touch, you look and don't touch
'Cause words can kiss and words can cut you
You look and don't touch, look and don't

It's not what you've lost, it's what you've saved
And it's not what it's cost, it's what you've braved

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from Patreon Content! Patreontent., released July 7, 2017
Seth Boyer, guitar

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Marian Call Alaska

Marian Call has things to say. She sounds a little like Ingrid Michaelson meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs, which sounds improbable, but give it a try. She hails from Alaska and tours North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, sharp, surprising confections in every genre full of rich dark carmelized sugar, savor, & spice. ... more

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