Second Skin

C. 2002 Jackie Tice

A song about snakes, ideology and acuity

Give me shelter
Give me hope
Give me faith to find
Expansion that I've needed most
Sometimes I'm stuck inside
This box that I have built too close
If there's a way out, I will find it

Give me darkness
Give me light
Give me some color when the grayness
Is too much to fight
I get so dull when life looks
Similar both day and night
The view needs changing from my window

Give me boundaries
Give me brains
To know the obstacles that live
Outside these walls I've made
Take each step with deepest care
And great restrain
If there's a balance I will find it

In my second skin
The one I've been waiting for
Just the right moment to come
My second skin
Easy to spot
I would wear it when my eyes were young
My eyes were young

Give me courage
Give me strength
Give me the flex I need
To stand inside this hurricane
Howling winds won't scare
My rooted tree legs will not sway
Shedding hide will feed the newborn

Give me heart
Give me space
To touch the wellspring
Where my instincts lie in total grace
Vision's clear and I am
Living in this perfect place
I am alive now and I know it

In my second skin
The one I've been waiting for
Just the right moment to come
My second skin
Easy to spot
I would wear it when my eyes were young
My eyes were young

I am just a guest
In this world of magic
This coat of flesh
I know I'm blessed
With a soul on fire
A warrior's wisdom
The face of love

My second skin
The one I've been waiting for
Just the right moment to come
My second skin
Easy to spot
I would wear it when my eyes were young
My eyes were young