from by Roger Hoover



i was born in a town where the farms left long ago
to be carved out of concrete and trimmed with ash and smoke
spend twenty-five years in the factory
get a gold plated watch and cancer for your loyalty
pay your bills on time and if there's any money left
you can make it down to fifth street after your last shift
clock out by half past ten, there's no drinking in the bars after 12am
when you're a vagabond
i was born into a bloodline full of tragedy and shame
where lies smile wide in public and get buried in my name
believe blood's thicker than water and able and cain
you can't find the blood when its not in your vain
here the night grows silent and the moon is in disguise
men grow hungry in their hearts for lovely parasites
wallets get open and guns get drawn
we're far cry from heaven and babylon
when you're a vagabond


from Strangers, released May 5, 2010


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Over the past 15 years, songwriter/guitarist Roger Hoover has been preaching the gospel of traditional American music to a growing group of devoted fans by keeping one foot in what Greil Marcus describes as the “old, weird America” and another foot firmly planted in the now.. ... more

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