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He didn’t want my pity
He didn’t need my tears
But I had a sad song
Ringing in my ears

He didn’t want my crying eyes
He didn’t need me to sympathize
He sang the blues to show me how
He learned to fly

I wanted to see a broken life
Instead of a phoenix in the fire
I was looking for my own pain in his eyes
So I missed the phoenix in the fire
So I missed the phoenix in the fire

I had to hide my heart
I had to clear my throat
I had to marvel at the man
fishing in his sinking boat

With his shining face raised to the sky
Thanking God for the good things in his life
Now tell me, who’s the fool
He or I?

To see the ashes or salvation in the fire?

I wanted to see a broken life
Instead of a phoenix in the fire
I was looking for my own pain in his eyes
So I missed the phoenix in the fire
So I missed the phoenix in the fire

He didn’t try to change my mind
Never compared his lot to mine
I could tell he was amused by my surprise
To meet a battered man with joy in his eyes
Now tell me, who’s the fool
He or I?

To see the wreckage or the glory when we die?

I wanted to see a broken life
Instead of a phoenix in the fire
I was looking for my own pain in his eyes
So I missed the phoenix in the fire
So I missed the phoenix in the fire

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from Allison Beyer with Claire Hitchins, released September 27, 2015

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Originally from Brighton, Michigan, Allison Beyer lived in Cochabama, Bolivia for nearly 4 years.

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