Two Brothers

from So Sang the Whippoorwill by Run Boy Run

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Two brothers by blood, bound together by life
A knot that was severed by a knife in the night
And down on the beaches of old Mexico
You can still hear them crying for the life that they stole

They crossed for adventure, some pesos to spend
A lust quickly filled, by a bottle with no end
Stumbling and bleary, they spilled to the night
The liquor hot, their fists clenched to fight

Oh Mexico, my heart is broken
Oh, foolish ways, the night has spoken

The man in the moon shone down on the horror
My brother reared back, death drawing him closer
He whipped out his ‘chester, for fun and for show
But a flash in the moonlight and his knife dropped below

I cradled his head, as the devil fled from him
Cursing the darkness and the hell we were in
No goodbyes were uttered as I held to his hand
Stripped of my kin, left to drink up my sin

Oh Mexico, my heart is broken
Oh, foolish ways, the night has spoken

At Manuel’s cantina, their tab is still open
The band keeps on playing, inviting us back over
But a candle of Mary, and a red rosary
Show the neighbors remember how his blood stained the street

The burden of witness, the burden of booze
Burns in the darkness like salt on his wound
And down in the valley, where the brother did fall
There’s still this old troubadour to sing of it all

Oh Mexico, my heart is broken
Oh, foolish ways, the night has spoken


from So Sang the Whippoorwill, released March 19, 2013
by Matt Rolland


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Award-winning acoustic Folk/Americana quartet from Arizona. Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Prairie Home Companion guest, Run Boy Run, exceeds the sum of its parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of the band’s unique sound. ... more

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