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Exact Change

from Exact Change by Sandy Cash

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Old debts come due, I dig my hands
Into pockets full of home town sand
No bills can be paid off in this currency
Payment terms might be arranged
If you could promise Exact Change
But the price we pay for change is the uncertainty

I packed it all up years ago
Too old to stay and too young to know
The reason for my wild and weary travel
Tomorrow was my only friend
It dared me time and time again
To swing high on that thread as it unraveled

I didn’t need a reason I only needed rhyme
Not looking where I leaped became a specialty of mine
That we fell into this love must surely be a sign
That there would be some changes for the better
I was counting on some change for the better

You built our house of brick and steel
And fed me love in three square meals
Security in solid weights and measures
Your path to me was straight and true
I hardly knew myself with you
And that was my most closely guarded treasure
But the change so blindly counted on could never be exact
I heard myself start cursing you for all the things I lacked
The rock of my salvation filled my glass house till it cracked
And shattered in the shards was my reflection
I stood with you and saw my own reflection

We spent all that afternoon
Side by side, with pail and broom
Sorting through and mopping up and clearing
And as you kissed me on the eyes
It startled me to recognize
How little of your song I had been hearing
‘Cuz if it’s change I’m looking for we’re changing all the time
I start to feel it when I leave my bitterness behind
And If I find the change is not exact, well, never mind
As long as we can make this change together
I’d say that we’d be changing for the better.


from Exact Change, released January 1, 2000
By Sandy Cash, Bud-Man Music/BMI


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Sandy Cash Israel

From the Midwest to the Middle East, American-born singer-songwriter Sandy Cash is a musical storyteller whose thoughtful – and theatrical – performance style is rooted in the songs on which she grew up back in her native Detroit.

Sandy draws on history and present-day politics, while exploring themes such as the sustaining love of family, a commitment to community, and a healthy sense of humor.
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