November

by Lehto and Wright

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1.
Tom Joad 09:40
Tom Joad got out of the old McAlester Pen; There he got his parole. After four long years on a man killing charge, Tom Joad come a-walkin' down the road, poor boy, Tom Joad come a-walkin' down the road. Tom Joad, he met a truck driving man; There he caught him a ride. He said, "I just got loose from McAlester Pen On a charge called homicide, A charge called homicide." That truck rolled away in a cloud of dust; Tommy turned his face toward home. He met Preacher Casey, and they had a little drink, But they found that his family they was gone, He found that his family they was gone. He found his mother's old-fashion shoe, Found his daddy's hat. And he found little Muley and Muley said, "They've been tractored out by the cats, They've been tractored out by the cats." Tom Joad walked down to the neighbor's farm, Found his family. They took Preacher Casey and loaded in a car, And his mother said, "We've got to get away." His mother said, "We've got to get away." Now, the twelve of the Joads made a mighty heavy load; But Grandpa Joad did cry. He picked up a handful of land in his hand, Said: "I'm stayin' with the farm till I die. Yes, I'm stayin' with the farm till I die." They fed him short ribs and coffee and soothing syrup; And Grandpa Joad did die. They buried Grandpa Joad by the side of the road, Grandma on the California side, They buried Grandma on the California side. They stood on a mountain and they looked to the west, And it looked like the promised land. That bright green valley with a river running through, There was work for every single hand, they thought, There was work for every single hand. The Joads rolled away to the jungle camp, There they cooked a stew. And the hungry little kids of the jungle camp Said: "We'd like to have some, too." Said: "We'd like to have some, too." Now a deputy sheriff fired loose at a man, Shot a woman in the back. Before he could take his aim again, Preacher Casey dropped him in his track, poor boy, Preacher Casey dropped him in his track. They handcuffed Casey and they took him in jail; And then he got away. And he met Tom Joad on the old river bridge, And these few words he did say, poor boy, These few words he did say. "I preached for the Lord a mighty long time, Preached about the rich and the poor. Us workin' folkses, all get together, 'Cause we ain't got a chance anymore. We ain't got a chance anymore." Now, the deputies come, and Tom and Casey run To the bridge where the water run down. But the vigilante thugs hit Casey with a club, They laid Preacher Casey on the ground, poor Casey, They laid Preacher Casey on the ground. Tom Joad, he grabbed that deputy's club, Hit him over the head. Tom Joad took flight in the dark rainy night, And a deputy and a preacher lying dead, two men, A deputy and a preacher lying dead. Tom run back where his mother was asleep; He woke her up out of bed. An' he kissed goodbye to the mother that he loved, Said what Preacher Casey said, Tom Joad, He said what Preacher Casey said. "Ever'body might be just one big soul, Well it looks that a-way to me. Everywhere that you look, in the day or night, That's where I'm a-gonna be, Ma, That's where I'm a-gonna be. Wherever little children are hungry and cry, Wherever people ain't free. Wherever men are fightin' for their rights, That's where I'm a-gonna be, Ma. That's where I'm a-gonna be."
2.
Shenandoah 05:55
Oh, Shenandoah, I long to hear you, Away, you rolling river Oh, Shenandoah, I long to hear you Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri. Oh, Shenandoah, I love your daughter, Away, you rolling river Oh, Shenandoah, I love your daughter Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri. Oh, Shenandoah, I'm bound to leave you, Away, you rolling river Oh, Shenandoah, I'll not deceive you Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri. Oh, Shenandoah, I long to see you, Away, you rolling river Oh, Shenandoah, I long to see you Away, I'm bound away, cross the wide Missouri.
3.
Lay by your pleading, law lies a-bleeding Burn all your studies down, and throw away your reading Small power the word has, and can afford us Not half so much privilege as the sword does. It'll the foster the master, plaster disaster This'll make a servant quickly greater than the master Ventures, enters, seeks and it centres Ever the upper hand, never a dissenter. Kruger, Krugerrand-a, whither do you wander? Gone to the suborning of Hastings Banda Kruger, Krugerrand-a, tear you all asunder Beira to Luanda, Gabarone to Nyanga. Talks of small things, it sets up all things This'll master money, though money masters all things It is not season to talk of reason Never call it loyal when the sword says treason. Balm for the worrier, the whaler, the furrier This'll get the measure of a Rainbow Warrior Incognito, come and sink a Rainbow President will never know, I should bloody coco Subtle deceiver turns calm to fever See the pilgrim flay the unbeliever It'll make a lay man preach and to pray man It'll make a Lord of him that was but a drayman Conquers the crown too, grave and the gown too Set you up a province, but it'll pull it down too No gospel can guide it, no law decide it In church or state, till the sword sanctified it. Take books, rent 'em, who can invent 'em? When that the sword says there'll be no argumentum Blood that is spilt, sir, has gained all the guilt, sir Thus have you seen me run my sword up to the hilt, sir.
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Lay down your weary tune, lay down Lay down the song you strum And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings No voice can hope to hum Struck by the sounds before the sun I knew the night had gone The morning breeze like a bugle blew Against the drum of dawn Lay down your weary tune, lay down Lay down the song you strum And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings No voice can hope to hum The ocean wild like an organ played The seaweed wove its strands The crashing waves like cymbals clashed Against the rocks and the sand I stood unwound beneath the skies And clouds unbound by laws The crying rain like a trumpet sang And asked for no applause Lay down your weary tune, lay down Lay down the song you strum And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings No voice can hope to hum The last of leaves fell from the trees And clung to a new love's breast The branches bare like a banjo moan To the winds that listen the best I gazed down in the river's mirror And watched its winding strum The water smooth ran like a hymn And like a harp did hum Lay down your weary tune, lay down Lay down the song you strum And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings No voice can hope to hum
6.
Oh, pirates, yes, they rob I Sold I to the merchant ships Minutes after they took I From the bottomless pit But my hand was made strong By the hand of the Almighty We forward in this generation Triumphantly Won't you help to sing These songs of freedom? 'Cause all I ever have Redemption songs Redemption songs Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery None but ourselves can free our minds Have no fear for atomic energy 'Cause none of them can stop the time How long shall they kill our prophets While we stand aside and look? Ooh Some say it's just a part of it We've got to fulfill the Book Won't you help to sing These songs of freedom? 'Cause all I ever have Redemption songs Redemption songs Redemption songs Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery None but ourselves can free our minds Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy 'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time How long shall they kill our prophets While we stand aside and look? Yes, some say it's just a part of it We've got to fulfill the book Won't you have to sing These songs of freedom? 'Cause all I ever had Redemption songs All I ever had Redemption songs These songs of freedom Songs of freedom

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released October 18, 2012

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Lehto and Wright Minneapolis, Minnesota

“... among North America’s best practitioners of Anglo-Celtic folk-rock... wonderfully intricate, powerful guitar-driven music...”
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