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A rootsy tale of family life, murder and justice.


You know it ain’t so rare to find
Six bullet holes in all the signs
But that place was the kind you felt
They’s taking aim at something else
And maybe someone just got lucky that day

He was a prince the way he dressed
She was no damsel in distress
Shot her Pa, he went too far
Threw out his wife, she took his part
Fond of that gun, by the way

Be wrong to think of her unkind
Or weak in some way in her mind
No man ever tret her well
Or thought more of her than hisself

She said ‘We’re now a family’
He said ‘That’s not my destiny’
Figured he would leave her so
She gutted him from knee to nose
Sharpest blade you ever saw, they say

Sheriff waved his gun around
Said ‘I’m takin you downtown’
That was the last they saw of him
She dug some hole and filled it in
And you won’t find it, come what may

Judge he said ‘You’re bound for hell
If it’s true what I have heard tell’
Twelve men said it was all lies
When she looked each one in the eye
Missed a step that night, they left him where he lay

Now she preaches every week
Church full of the mild and meek
It is a sin to take a life
But blessed be your gun and knife
And all the brothers and sisters, they say ‘Amen’


from Joy and other feelings, track released December 1, 2020


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Will Good and The Mattes England, UK

Will Good and The Mattes is the public persona of SteveC, a songwriter in the far north of England. The (mostly) guitar-based approach is focused on (mostly) songs on anything from climate change to political rant to personal crisis.

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