The Ballad of Joshua Brogham and Hatchet Jim

from by The Dream & Shadow Huntsman Group

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Hatchet Jim got a pistol
when his eyes were full of moon
and his tongue was tied to itself three times
and went prowling away in the gloom, the gloom,
prowling away in the gloom

Well Hatchet Jim made a violet sin
with his hand and a bullet and a bottle of gin
and he ducked out of town when the rain come down
Steaming in his Packard through the wind, the wind,
Steaming and throttling the wind

Poor little Susie Lee didn't have it coming
when she heard that shot ringing out
then it rained all of the sudden, oh Lord it rained,
and it washed out the road, and it washed out the plains
but it couldn't wash out the stains, the stains,
Lord, it couldn't wash out the stains.

Joshua Brogham took up the sword
strapped his boots and swore his word
Because he knew, just like everyone did,
and Joshua missed his girl, his girl,
Joshua loved that girl.

Through all the mud he followed Jim's crooked trail
and he was on it like a skull on a spine
Cutting through the backwoods, bootblack and machete
with a cloak and a hat and a staff of pine
Running through the brambles in the dawn, the dawn,
bleeding on the brambles in the dawn.

And Lord, it was the darkest of dawns on Joshua's face
as he broke from the woods at Hatchet's place
And Jim had it coming, bullet through his heart,
and his eyes never opened and never heard the rain start
when it rained all of the sudden, oh Lord it rained,
and it washed out the road, and it washed out the plains,
but it couldn't wash out the stains, the stains,
just couldn't wash out the stains.

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from Naked Earth and Umber, Skull and Rumble, released February 1, 2017

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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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