Monday Meditations: Barton Hollow

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars

I’m a little late to the craze about these guys. Apparently, they snagged a couple of Grammys over the weekend. After listening to this relentless song (and marveling at those haunting lyrics), they have joined my Official List Of Songs To Listen To When Reading Flannery O’Connor.

Imagine beginning a western film to this track. Can’t you see an outlaw striding through the woods, as this riff jangles in the air?

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I’m a dead man walking here
But that’s the least of all my fears
Ooh, underneath the water

It’s not Alabama clay
That gives my trembling hands away
Please forgive me father

Ain’t going back to Barton Hollow
Devil gonna follow me e’er I go
Won’t do me no good washing in the river
Can’t no preacher man save my soul

Did that full moon force my hand?
Or that un marked hundred grand?
Ooh, underneath the water
Please forgive me father

Miles and miles in my bare feet
Still can’t lay me down to sleep
If I die before I wake
I know the Lord my soul won’t take

I’m a dead man walking
I’m a dead man walking

Keep walking and running and running for miles
Keep walking and running and running for miles
Keep walking and running and running for miles

Ain’t going back to Barton Hollow
Devil gonna follow me e’er I go
Won’t do me no good washing in the river
Can’t no preacher man save my soul”

The Civil Wars

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