Nightmare Song

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lyrics

There's a nightmare in the hour, there's a tangle in the weeds.
You can hear them singing softly outside of Canfield Green
There are soldiers in the garden, something's burnin' on the wind
As the night watchmen, they gather up to hunt your sons again.

Put a finger to the trigger, put a young man on the run.
He ain't sure where it's all headin, but he knows where it begun.
In the graveyard mothers gather round, all burying their sons.
How can you walk a free free man knowing what you've done?

And far away the trumpets play 'We Shall Overcome'
As a light blown out too early casts doubt on what is done.
There's a man who decides that young boys life is worth less than his own.
There's a guilty man with blood on his hands and a debt he'll always owe.

There's a body in the jailhouse, there are voices through the trees
Left to die in isolation. A young boy, not even seventeen.
As the ones who serve to protect us beat that young boy then watched him die
How can you say there's nothing wrong and look me in the eye?

There's a mother now without her baby, there's no husband for his wife.
There's a man thrown down on a busy street, and he's begging for his life.
There's a hard white hand wrapped around his throat, like a murderers so tight.

Help me please, I cannot breath, he cries in broad daylight.
Help me please, I cannot breath, right before they took his life
Help me please, I cannot breath, do you know just what that's like?

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from Out of Sight, Out of Mind, released February 1, 2016

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