How Can I Give You Up

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As the father of my children, you never fathered anyone
Only led them through the city to the homes of loose women
When our princes take their kingdoms,
they'll be more wicked than you were
You've taken and
You've stolen them for evil

But how can I give you up, oh Ephraim?
How can I surrender you, oh Israel?
Though you've taken hired lovers,
traded your altars for thorns,
How can I give you up?
How can I give you up?
How can I give you up, oh Ephraim?

As a mother, I have reason
As a bride, I have a case
You have joined yourself with others to the reaches of my shame
The affection you have for me is the dew's affection for the ground
A fall at night
And then you leave me early

But how can I give you up, oh Ephraim?
How can I surrender you, oh Israel?
Though you've taken hired lovers,
traded your altars for thorns,
How can I give you up?
How can I give you up?
How can I give you up, oh Ephraim?

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from To Set Things Right, released February 23, 2010

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