The Dustbowl

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lyrics

The dustbowl stretched across this land, robbed you of your life
Stole your house, your crops, your fields, turned your comfort into strife Hope eroded day by day as you stared at the cloudless sky
Drop the farming for the bottle, trade your plow in for a knife
You played it right for all this time now you’ve lost everything
Labor’s for the helpless fools, you’ll take the things you need
So you hit the road after dusk to prey upon the weak
And wake one morn to find yourself a killer and a thief

You choose your first at random as he stumbles through the night
Bent and old and all alone you thought there’d be no fight
But he turns on you before you move and he cuts you with his blade
So you knock him down pounce on him and kill him in a rage
You feel his bones crack and break like the dirt beneath your feet
Slam your boot right on his mouth smashing all his teeth
Blood explodes from his face goes shooting all around
Wet and dark it gushes forth and soaks the once parched ground

Now it doesn’t take long for word to spread of you and your outlaw ways
It doesn’t take long for it to reach the ears of the sons of the man you’d slain
They track you down outside of town and then they lay in wait
They’ll come at you once you go out when the sun begins to fade
A knife is flashed in the dying light there’s terror in your eyes
A hand comes quick around your lips you couldn’t make a cry
Fast and mean they tear right in and slash a crooked smile
And leave your body for the coyotes, your bones left out to dry

credits

from Still Be My Love, released January 21, 2013
Keith Parish-guitar, vocals
Jen Trail-vocals
Josh Stafford-lap steel, electric guitar
Jake Wright-bass
Justin Harris-drums
Travis Patton-fiddle
Graham Sherrill-banjo

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