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My brave lad sleeps in his faded coat of blue
In a lonely grave unknown lies the heart that beat so true
He sank faint and hungry among the famished brave
And they laid him sad and lonely within his nameless grave

He cried, Give me water, and just one little crumb
and my mother she will bless you through the many years to come
Go tell my dear sister, so gentle and so true
That I'll meet her up in the heaven in my faded coat of blue

No dear one was nigh him to close his mild, blue eyes
No gentle voice was by him to give him sweet replies
No stone marks the shallow grave of my lad so brave and true
Where beneath the sod he's sleeping in his faded coat of blue

Though many long years have passed, and though he comes no more
My heart will start beating with each footfall at my door
I gaze o'er the hillside where he waved his last adieu
But no gallant lad I see in his faded coat of blue

No more the bugle calls the weary one
Rest, noble spirit, in thy grave unknown
For I'll find you and know you among the good and true
When the robe of white is given for the faded coat of blue


from Naked Earth and Umber, Skull and Rumble, released February 1, 2017
Traditional words & music by JH McNaughton, arrangement by D. Marshall Burns



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The Dream & Shadow Huntsman Group Oklahoma

I'm Marshall. I make music as the Dream & Shadow Huntsman Group. Adventurous music for fearless ears. Music with magic spells in it, that can seem strange in some ways but familiar in others.

I'm basically a solo artist; the "group" was almost always fictional characters that I drew sketches of and intended to animate. Never got around to that.
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