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SETLIST

1. HORSE’S HEAD (BR) 2. MUD OF 28 (FD) 3. BLACK WATER MOAN (BR) 4. HENRY NIGHT (SN) 5. I BELIEVE (SN) 6. SCARECROW GRAVE (SN) 7. FIREWORK FACTORY (SN) 8. SEVEN SINS AUTOMOBILE (HP) 9. FARM HAND’S RADIO

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BR = BLACK RIVER SN = SUIT OF NETTLES FD = FLOODPLAIN DEMOS HP = HIGH PRIESTS

HORSE’S HEAD E/G/A

I took a horse’s head and I dropped it down in black water, Let her come back to me just like those shiny eels oughta, When she went away I had nothing to say, She looked just like Medusa on a bad, bad day.

Goin’ down round the bend x2 Horse head bend.

I came to her door with a broken heart, She took me in and bathed the scars, After too many nights of gin and whiskey, I didn’t know what was becoming of me.

Goin’ down around the bend x2 Horse head bend.

Now I know that the road is dark, And covered in rain before I start, The hills are covered deep in snow, There’s nowhere to hide, nowhere to go.

Goin’ down around the bend, Horse head bend.

MUD OF ’28 AM/ G /A

The rain of ‘28 it poured for a month or more, It left a stain right here on the old barn door, And the field you been walking on it used to be all stones, But the mud of ‘28 has turned it all to corn.

And the rain IT never stopped, Oh the rain it never stopped, Down it came Oh Lord, the mud of ‘28.

They found two dead calves stuck up in a tree, And Mrs.Johnson’s furniture out in the street. No-one ever knew what happened to that bridge, Or old Tom that fateful night as he was crossing it,

Down it came, it poured and poured, How much water fell that day? and left the mud of’28, the mud of ‘28.

When I was a boy I would go down to the river, And watch the coal barges creepin’ through the willows, But after the mud of 28 left a stain Nothing has ever been the same.

BLACK WATER MOAN E/ G/ A
Walking across a bridge at midnight Cold rain stinging my face Been walking across this city of shadows Seems like I just can’t find my place

And I hear, yes I hear the black water sigh Calling out my name Yes I hear, yes I hear the black water sigh Calling me away BLACK WATER MOAN

Well I been here just a short while Left the kids with their mum down south Walked away when things went wrong Ended up walking for two whole months

Seems like my whole family had trouble Every one born ended up just the same Lost or sinking slowly in some foreign place That’s why we got our troubled name

My father he was no different He drank and he abused my mum But now he’s out there on a sandy bed He sailed east one day and never returned

So I stand on this bridge mid-winter Watch the flood spinning the trees away Wonder if our blood is like this muddy water Unclean and just flowing down the drain

HENRY NIGHT D DRONE

ON COOMBE RISE IN THE PALE MOONLIGHT THE TWISTING FROZEN BODY OF HENRY NIGHT AND ROUND HIM IN THE DAWN RAVENS FLY PECK AT THE FROST ON HIS ICE- COVERED EYES

THEY BROUGHT HIM ON A CART IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT FROM THE BIG HOUSE WHERE THE FIRES SHONE BRIGHT THEY HAULED HIS BODY UP INTO THE SKY LEFT HIM HANGING IN THE PALE MOONLIGHT

THE SHERIFF FOUND HIM GUILTY OF STEALING A GUN WHEN EVERYBODY KNEW HE'D ONLY STOLEN HER LOVE BUT THERE WAS NO DEFENCE AGAINST THE LANDLORD'S SPITE WHEN THE LOCAL ASSIZES TRIED HENRY NIGHT

HIS LAST RESTING PLACE A GALLOWS POLE A PERCH FOR THE RAVEN AND THE CROW AND WHEN THE BIG HOUSE IS ABLAZE WITH LIGHTS THEY SAY SHE SITS INSIDE AND CRIES AND CRIES

CRIES FOR HENRY NIGHT

I Believe

G/C/D

Blue moon rising above a deadwood tree Your face in the water staring back at me Barrels creaking after the storm The river is high but it sure feels warm

Maybe baby now I, I can believe

Silver train flickering through the woods A shooting star falling on my roof An owl screeching up at the moon As I watch you undress here in my room

Maybe baby now I, I can believe

Firelight flickers in your eyes As somewhere in the dark a dog barks at the night I draw the curtains I dry your hair As the wind howls and the moon disappears

Maybe baby now I, I can believe I believe

A Scarecrow’s Grave Am / F

Lay me down in a scarecrow’s grave Dig out a cross in a shallow way In the middle of a barren field On the brow of a hill where plovers wheel

Lay me down in a scarecrow’s grave With a pair of boots made out of crates Push me down with the sticks and stones And nail me down through my broken bones

‘Cos if I ever rise from that scarecrow’s grave With a heart of straw that’s burning away I’ll never cease to roam these dark hills Looking for a girl with golden shoes

Yes bury me down in a scarecrow’s grave Hold me down so I never rise again See that there are no crosses on that hill So all those good folk can fear no ill

Just bury me down in a scarecrow’s grave With my heart of straw and my pauper’s name And I will never trouble you again my dear I’ll be the green corn again in another year.

FIREWORK FACTORY

G/D/A

Davey lives in cheap hotels Carries a suitcase of bibles to sell Spends every Sunday out with a cross Shouting at sinners ‘Your souls are lost’

And every night he dreams of flames And the Devil lighting up the way Down a burning street, down a burning street To the firework factory

Davey’s got a family way out west Who he ain’t seen since the day he left He’s spent all his money on sex and sin Doesn’t think about them don’t think he ever did

Deep in Davey’s suitcase under the cross You’ll always find a bottle of scotch Deep in Davey’s mind you’ll find he’s lost He ain’t never believed in God He’s as empty as that hotel room He’s as empty as the empty grave he’ll be in soon

All he dreams of at night is the flames And the Devil lighting up the way Down a burning street, down a burning street To the firework factory

SEVEN SINS AUTOMOBILE

E/D/A

MY BABY BOUGHT A BRAND NEW AUTOMOBILE SHINY RED HAND BUILT IN HELL SHE WOKE UP IN THE MORNING AND THERE IT STOOD THE DEVIL’S V8 THROBBING UNDER THE HOOD

SHE’S GONNA RIDE ALL NIGHT IN THE SEVEN SINS AUTOMOBILE

NO ONE WHISTLES, NO ONE SHOUTS SHE LEAVES MEN STANDING OPEN-MOUTHED AS SHE FLASHES BY DOWN THE MIDNIGHT MILE SIX GUN ON THE DASH AND A WIDE WIDE SMILE

SHE’S BEEN THROUGH ANGER FORGOT ABOUT PRIDE THE ONLY THING SHE CARES ABOUT TONIGHT IS DRIVING THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE WITH HER GIRLFRIEND SITTING BY HER SIDE

IN THE SEVEN SINS AUTOMOBILE

PRODE, COVET, LUST, ENVY, SLOTH, ANGER AND GREED

FARM HAND’S RADIO Am/ F / C / G
I TOOK THE SOUTHBOUND TRAIN BACK THROUGH THE WIND AND THE RAIN

BACK TO THE FIELDS I KNEW

WHEN I WAS A BOY OF TEN

IM LOOKING AT THE GLOW ON THE DIAL OF THE RADIO FARM-HAND’S RADIO

SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN THE RAIN CAME DOWN WE’D SIT BY THE FIRE AND LISTEN TO THE SOUND OF THE WIND BLOWING THROUGH THE BARNS AND RADIO VOICES FLAOTING THROUGH THE STARS

SOON AS I WAS 20 I WAS HEADED FOR THE CITY DOWN GRAVEL TRACKS BETWEEN FIELDS OF CORN NOW I’M HEADED BACK DOWN THE SAME OLD TRACKS WITH MY DASHBOARD GLOWING AND THE RADIO ON….

I’M LISTENING TO THE FARM-HAND’S RADIO

© Shaun belcher – Horseshoe Songs 2012

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