Monkey Town Mix

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

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Monkey Town Mix:

1.“Monkey,” Counting Crows (couldn’t resist) 
2.“Long Ride Home,” Patty Griffin 
3. “For the Widows of Paradise...,” Sufjan Stevens 
4. “Chocolate,” Snow Patrol 
5. “Paper Planes,” M.I.A. 
6. “Geography,” Thao 
7. “Such Great Heights,” Iron and Wine
8. “All The Trees Will Clap Their Hands,” Sufjan Stevens
9. “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley 
10. “Landed,” Ben Folds 
11. “I Don’t Know,” Lisa Hannigan 
12. “Feelin’ Good,” Nina Simone
13. “At Last,” Etta James (1961 - for you, Sister Marie) 
14. “Mary,” Patty Griffin (love the lyrics to this song!) 
15. “Tennessee,” Mindy Smith

Poem Comprised of Lyrics:

Hey, Monkey,
I’ve had some time to think about it.
If you ever make a mess, 
Goodness knows I saw it coming. 
I make ‘em all day. 

I don’t know 
If God Himself did make us into corresponding shapes.
I heard from the hills a band was made,
But you don’t really care for music do ya?
It matters to me. 

Treading the sea of a troubled mind, 
I don’t know if you can swim. 
This old world is a new world and a bold world for me. 
You smile. 
You’re covered in treetops. 
You’re good enough for me. 

Feel free to take a stab at an interpretation! (Or to add another line from another song.)

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