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The Dog And The Buzzard

from WITNESS by Joshua Barton & Seerstones

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Launch yourself into green grass
Where your shadow stretches long
Where the reeds creak and crackle
Singing their sorry song
Maybe here I'll lie down heavy
Maybe here I'll lie down long
Where the real is so desperate
That I dare not sing along

You with your concertina
Playing songs I'll never learn
There's a buzzard on the steeple
Just a-waiting for his turn
And it's a turn in the story
That I wasn't counting on
But that damned old nasty buzzard
Saw it coming all along

He pictures himself swooping
And snatching up the dog
To add to his collection
That he carefully catalogs
But his mounting acquisitions
They drive him up the wall
'Cause when death comes for the buzzard
He's gonna lose it all

I let the moment hit me
Let it smack me in the teeth
I made a cross with the roots of the tree
That we buried you beneath
So here you lie down heavy
Here you lie down long
I heard a song so lonely
That I had to sing along


from WITNESS, released October 20, 2016


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Joshua Barton Lansing, Michigan

Michigan-based singer/songwriter self-releasing the sad and the sacred, with abiding, conflicting enthusiasm for lamentation, Southern gospel, American primitive guitar and the drones of shoegaze.

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