Hog Butcher, Hog Butcher

from by Michael Howard

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I came in hot to a Northwest city where Timmy pounds the steel
He has the words To Hell With The Government flung out in a trash tattoo
I was feeling like whole bunch of wild dogs. I was feeling like a speeding train
I was thinking about a girl from Gainesville, how I gotta get back there soon

I hate turning back like the east hates west, and I really hate your town
I made a bet and put my money down on a horse named “California”
I missed the race and I’m low on sleep and I’ll probably loose my mind
But I’m pushing hard until I hit New York, where I gotta pick up a typewriter

I was moving fast leaving burning tracks. Lord knows I’m a misguided fool
I fought my way from town to town, but I don’t think the West was won
I held my fist and I burned my list and I drank like I had nothing to lose
‘Till god and you and me made sense and I finally came undone, unglued

I went up on a mountain, but I came back down again
I sold the rifle on my shoulder to pay for my last meal
I took my dagger from its holder, and I turned it back on me
I opened up my chest. And in the emptiness, all I wanted was to feel

I sold my heart to the Butcher, he fed it to the hipsters and the wannabes
I gave the rest to the witches, to the brokers and the thieves
They said “There ain’t to revolution, no there’s nothing on TV”
Hog Butcher, Hog Butcher what’d you do to me? Can you help me get to heaven?


from Gasoline Dream, released August 12, 2016



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