Stranger From The Country

by THE BROTHER K MELEE

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Art by Harry Clarke. Illustration from "The year's at the spring; an anthology of recent poetry" (1920). Courtesy of Internet Archive.

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Last night my lady had the strangest dream,
She was under a white moon.
Nothing was as it seemed,
Everything was too soon.
You were high atop a hill.

You said “Woman I could use a drink”
She said “Man do I know you?”
You said “Better than you might think,
If you allow me to show you,
Cause this is the hour and the power”

She could feel it was all going wrong,
You’d been waiting too long in the nighttime,
But you said she didn’t have the right time,
Because the time you were serving was the right kind.
And you were so kind.
So kind.

I never had much of a taste for superstition,
But the priests said you were some kind of unholy fiction,
And my lady said stay away,
My lady said stay away.

You might’ve made it out in the country, son,
But you ain’t got the face of a Chosen One,
And a king don’t need to pray,
A king don’t need to pray.


Cause if death is just a word at the crack of dawn
Then take it from me, as the day goes on,
You better find the right words to say,
Find the right words to say,
Better find the right words...

What do you have to say?
What do you have to say?

First he was silent as a stone cold killer,
Or a killjoy filler for the main man.
And then our mouths filled with laughter when he said we’d see him after
On high at the Almighty’s right hand.

So we hung him high on his own tree,
Stranger from the country.

Stranger from the country.

First he was silent as a stone cold killer…
Then our mouths filled with laughter when he said we’d see him after…
Stranger from the country.

She didn’t have the right time,
Cause the time you were serving was the right kind.

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released April 25, 2017
Drums - David Cornejo
Recorded with Kieran Kelly at the Buddy Project
Mixed by Sam K. Shaw

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It's the sound of a bar fight breaking out at a revival tent. No, wait - it's the sound of a revival breaking out during a bar fight. Whatever it is, "rocknroll" is probably as good a name as any. Hooks, howls, and heartache.

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