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by Joshua Barton

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When I die there will be violins
To play me to the sun
They'll unfurl great golden ribbons
Champagne for everyone
And they'll say: there goes our man
Our old man
Who from the start was fixing to die
From his first breath first wheeze first whimper
Knew the truest word was a sigh

So come and build me a tall cabin
Build it way up to the sky
I will sit me in the penthouse
So I don't have so far to fly
And I will hold to every kind word
And I will sing to every song
And I will drink my body out of me
So I won't have to wait so long

With the conviction of a pilgrim
In the witness of the saints
With the certainty of children
I will come and stake my claim
At the gates of Simon Peter
The denier of the Lord
He can't hold nothing against me
When my rooster comes to crow


released January 16, 2023


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Joshua Barton Lansing, Michigan

Joshua Barton is a singer-songwriter from Lansing, Michigan. He's been finding ways to straddle bleakness and hope since 1999. He has led the shoegaze band Fields of Industry, run the experimental label Arts vs Entertainment, and made a string of brooding acoustic releases, solo and with band Seerstones. ... more

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