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A murder ballad, simply. I've had a long time interest in the history of the American Murder ballad, drawn to the darkness and almost therapeutic nature of this style of writing.

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Down to the River

The long dark hair of the woman who loves you
Stands silent in the frame of the door
While the legs of a whore wrapped tightly around you
The night you were no more

Now the night it surrounds you like a barrel around a bullet
When you left you took a dead mans first step

(chorus)
Down to the river with your carcass
Down to the river with your shame
I’ll be down their washing your blood from my hands
I’ve got nothing left to offer
You’ve got no one left to blame
I’ll be down there washing your blood from my hands

As you walked on down the dirt road
But for the silent steps you took
There was still the stench of a liar
In every foot print

And like a thirsty wolf she tracked you down
Over the hill and into the town
Where your lying heart
Commenced

(chorus)

The decision was made, daylight came
It was late, but dinner was still made
Nothing left of you but a crooked picture in a frame
The looked for you in the root cellar

(chorus x2)

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from Western Violence & Brief Sensuality, released July 10, 2010
Written by Shiloh Lindsey

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Shiloh Lindsey Vancouver, British Columbia

Shiloh Lindsey is a storyteller. Her meticulous songcrafting builds rich at every layer, like a master chemist of harmonies and human connections, churning the sheer vulnerability and preciousness of life into charged, haunting alt-country. Love may come and go, morning drifts in then daylight disappears, but rest assured, one little fire is burning ever bright. ... more

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