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I got a look at the crime scene
there's not a lot to be said
they're gonna call it a homicide
they're gonna tell you he's dead
they're gonna point to the evidence
they'll probably show you the gun
they're gonna say we were fighting
they're gonna tell you I won

I ain't never won nothing, no
but I ain't here for defense
it's probably time I was locked away
for a few of my sins
I've been unkind and drunken
and I've squandered every good chance I had
but as for killing an innocent man
well I ain't guilty of that

"it isn't complicated, only
I make it seem that way
a man is either dead or alive"
that's what they want me to say
but when you're full of emptiness
a heartbeat ain't no sign of life
and even if your body's cold
your shadow still seems alive

down here in New Orleans
the guilty go to the chair
the innocent try voodoo
I guess I'm in between somewhere
with everything you've seen today
you're justified to vote for the roast
but even with your pardon
I still have to live with his ghost


from Rearranging EP, released September 27, 2013



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Rachel Hebert Birmingham, Alabama

With roots in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Alabama, Rachel Hebert's songs grow up from the swamp and peat and clay of the American Southeast. The music invites you inside, the lyrics ask if you'll stay and sit a spell. They're the sort of front-porch songs you'll come to consider old friends. ... more

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