Life For The Gun

from THE BARRELHOUSERS by The Barrelhousers

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Well I know that you’re faithfully bound,
To follow footprints in the sand,
To say it’s divine or of grandiose design,
To bury an innocent man.
Your renegade conscience perceives,
That luxury is just your right,
To dismantle and shun all the good that’s been done,
But I’ll never live life for the gun.

My words have been spoken for me,
By drunkards on liberty’s wine,
And a person’s soul value’s now toil and rue,
Save for profiteers of their bloodline.
Those vain proclaimers of freedom,
Are greed and hypocrisy’s slaves,
And then blood that has run is now honored by none,
And I’ll never live life for the gun.

All those tracks that you trail from then long ago,
Washed away by the waters of time,
Left a world yet unknown where stagnation and rote,
Left you to be swept by the tide,
But the path that was laid led to valleys abroad,
So why cry when one foot’s out of line?
Don’t hold back the dawn 'cause you’re scared to move on,
When others still wait for the light.

The petulant holler and howl,
Those simple minds take arms and say,
“People are flawed so divide them abroad,
Lest united under earl grey.”
They whisper their rumors of doom,
But if doom truly comes to our shores,
I’ll follow the sun amidst fife and the drum,
But I’ll never live life for the gun.


from THE BARRELHOUSERS, released January 29, 2016
Ryan Peña - Guitar/Vocals

Freeman Land - Vocals/Penny Whistle

Freddie Dilworth - Mandolin


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