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  1. The Best Art

From the recording The Best Art

Lyrics

The Best Art

Near where 9th Street crosses 2nd
And the hipsters hurry by
On an old upended bucket
Sits a painter, taking time

Not sure where his next meal comes from
There's so much he can't control
But unhurried inspiration
Is what matters if your goal

Is the best art
The truest eye
The deepest heart
And a reason why

Some artists look for value
In the fanciest supplies
Buy the finest inks from China
Sable brushes, custom dyes

But if you have a good idea
And the courage to proceed
Magic marker, chalk, and pencil
Are sufficient; all you need

For the best art
Is the truest eye
The deepest heart
And a reason why

Buy him a coffee he'll tell you the story of all of the places he’s been
Listen awhile and he'll show you the beauty he conjures with brushes and pens

He's used to people passing
Who won't look him in the eye
But still he sits there painting
Down-and-out but dignified

We're so quick to render judgment
Sorting treasure from debris
But a masterpiece is waiting
For those wise enough to see

The best art
The truest eye
The deepest heart
And a reason why

The best art
The truest eye
The deepest heart
And a reason why



© Beth DeSombre