A Farmer's Song

by Drover Shy

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Old Father Ben, upon his bed, sons gathered round, his daughters with their tears stuck in their heads, all will be shooed away if shed.

Grenadine’s heart, now cracked in two, ventricles whisper, and stand in circles wondering what to do, who else will pump the blood on through?

Oh Gardener, no please don’t go, who’s left to lead us, who’s left to heed the raven when it crows? The sun is rising, the seed’s been sown, just one more day, just please don’t leave us here all on our own.

Strength of an ox, hands of the plow, mountain and valleys make up the furrowed landscape of his brow, anger has filled the cracks in now.

A ghostly breath slips down his beard, cadavers wrists would shake a fist at One his curses and fears, he hasn’t heard from him in years.

And the children all have serpents in their hair, singing hallelujah hymns wrought with despair. And the preacher and the wife exchange a stare, have their longs walks brought this on? Dare they steal away to mourn?

These four wooden walls creak as they disapprove; they contemplate leaning back to drop the roof. How could any creatures thoughts be so aloof; that they'd ignore all the proof; that they'd sweep away the truth.

Coyote’s feast has filled the air, their vengeful lust, marks death upon the house with broken stairs, no joy will ever last in there.

The dawn has reared it’s unwelcome head, who’s left to work, who’s left to harvest and keep this stead, let’s hope they all revere the dead.


released December 6, 2010
Emory Hoosier



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Drover Shy Los Angeles, California

Drover shy is an acoustic-folk duo from nowhere in particular, currently based out of the great and terrible sprawl of Los Angeles. Drover shy’s music is characterized by visceral storytelling and strong acoustic guitar-driven rhythms. Influenced by the nature's haunt, the workers toil, and the darker side of human proclivities, their music is sharp, catchy, and quietly eerie. ... more

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