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Because Friday night is Music Night: file this one under cool album covers.

Mason Proffit was a folk/rock act out of the Midwest which released a few albums in the late-60s/early-70s. While I suppose that many Americans have never heard of them, I’m fairly certain that hardly anyone this side of the pond has. That’s a shame because they wrote some cracking, intelligent songs. One of my favs is this one, Two Hangmen, which starts off sweet before becoming sublime halfway through in my opinion. Ostensibly set in the Old West, it’s an intriguing little story, lyrics of which can be interpreted in various ways, so I’ve included them below the fold if you’re interested.

As I rode into Tombstone on my horse, his name was Mac
I saw what I’ll relate to you goin’ on behind my back
It seems the folks were up in arms, a man now had to die
For believin’ things that didn’t fit the laws they’d set aside
The man’s name was “I’m a Freak” the best that I could see
He was the executioner, a hangman just like me
I guess that he’d seen loopholes from workin’ with his rope
He’d hung the wrong man many times so now he turned to hope

He’d talk to all the people from his scaffold in the square
He told them of the things he found;
But they didn’t seem to care
He said the laws were obsolete, a change they should demand
But the people only walked away, he couldn’t understand

The Marshall’s name was “Uncle Sam”, he said he’d right this wrong
He’d make the hangman shut his mouth if it took him all year long
He finally arrested Freak and then he sent for me
To hang a fellow hangman from a fellow hangman’s tree

It didn’t take them long to try him in their court of law
He was guilty then of “Thinking”, a crime much worse than all
They sentenced him to die so his seed of thought can’t spread
And infect the little children; that’s what the law had said

So the hangin’ day came ’round and he walked up to the noose
I pulled the lever but before he fell I cut him loose
They called it all conspiracy and that I had to die
So to close our mouths and kill our minds they hung us side by side

And now we’re two hangmen hangin’ from a tree
That don’t bother me at all
Two hangmen hangin’ from a tree
That don’t bother me at all

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  1. Hang on … can no-one else see this post?!

    Unbelievable. It’s a blog full of Justin Beeber fans.

  2. The song can’t be played on an Ipad. I’ll listen to it later on the big machine.

    Hi from a sleety, slippery Wayne PA.

  3. Interesting, I never heard of them before. Hanging makes for some good songs: Tom Dooley, the Long Black Veil, Sam Hall, and of course Zep’s Gallow’s Poll.

  4. AC/DC “Back in Black!”

    Back in black I hit the sack
    I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back
    Yes I am
    Let loose from the noose
    That’s kept me hanging about
    I kept looking at the sky cause it’s gettin’ me high
    Forget the hearse cause I’ll never die
    I got nine lives cat’s eyes
    Abusin’ every one of them and runnin’ wild
    Cause I’m back
    Yes I’m back

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