Jesus TreeHang me on a tree

Lift me up on high

Exalt me in humility


Nail my hands to the tree

One on each side

So that my fingers bend and touch

The steel that holds me up

As blood flows warm like ice cream

When I was a child and then congeals


Lift me up on high

Exalt me in humility


Nail my feet together

Let me hang there

With only birds and blood

And criminals for company

So that I hear the wind and jeers

Lifted up on high I hear them laugh


Lift me up on high

Exalt me in humility


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