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Lyr Req: Countrycide (Alvin Youngblood Hart)

Dani 21 Aug 05 - 11:09 AM
Dani 23 Aug 05 - 10:29 PM
Jim Dixon 24 Aug 05 - 01:32 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Youngblood Hart help needed
From: Dani
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 11:09 AM

I don't see or hear much about Alvin, but have fallen in love with his music. His gifts are many; songwriting, interpretation, haunting voice, lovely instrumentation. So, are there any other fans who can help me out with lyrics? I wasn't able to find much information on the 'net at all, and would dearly love to correct some lyrics before I go around singing them.

Guess I could contact the man himself, but thought I'd bring his name up here in any case!

I am specifically looking for help with "Countrycide", a song about the "injustice system".

Dani


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Youngblood Hart help needed
From: Dani
Date: 23 Aug 05 - 10:29 PM

Really??!

Nobody has heard of the dude?

Dani


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Youngblood Hart help needed
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Aug 05 - 01:32 AM

Actually, no, I haven't. But I looked him up.

Alvin Youngblood Hart wrote and recorded COUNTRYCIDE (THE BALLAD OF ED & CHARLIE BROWN) on his album "Territory," 1998. I transcribed this from a sound sample:
    The boys were sharp, workin' hard, rollin' for the man.
    Didn't know time had come for them to make a stand.
Sometimes it helps to take a phrase from the lyrics and Google with it, but that didn't work in this case.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Youngblood Hart help needed
From: Dani
Date: 24 Aug 05 - 11:55 AM

No, I know. I tried all my lyric-searching tricks on this one. That's why I'm rooting around for new tricks, or other fans.

"Territory" is the album I know best, and it's incredible. I think people here would LOVE what he does.

Dani, proselytizing again ;)


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Subject: Lyr Add: COUNTRYCIDE (Alvin Youngblood Hart)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 10:15 AM

Spotify has enabled me to find and transcribe this song.


COUNTRYCIDE
As sung by Alvin Youngblood Hart on his album "Territory" (2006)

We have seen some dark days in the history of man.
Tell you 'bout a Saint Patrick's day when the stuff has hit the fan.
The year was eighteen-eighty-six in a little country town.
The men was two mixed-blood brothers name o' Ed and Charlie Brown.

The boys was sharp, workin' hard, rollin' for the man,
Didn't know time had come for them to make a stand.

Movin' barrels, an accident with a man named James Lidell.
He called Ed a S.O.B. and told him go to hell.

Evenin' came to fan the flames of the violent bloody move.
Pistols come from under coats and everybody shoots.

SPOKEN: Now sometime durin' the shootin' James Lidell caught a hit in the arm and one in the thigh—just enough to hurt but not bad enough to die. He made it back home and rounded up about sixty of his boys—just enough to make him feel like a man. A few days later when the assault trial against him was set, he came back with sixty heavily armed character witnesses.

Them other men came ridin' in with Colts an' Smiths ablaze.
Ed caught two in the chest and Charlie in the face.
Courthouse windows shattered and the people in a daze,
Bullet holes, wasted souls an' blood about the place.

SPOKEN: Charlie and Ed had used the injustice system to their complete disadvantage. The grand jury said they had it comin'. After all, they was just desperate half-breeds.

We have seen some dark days in the history of man:
Broken hearts, stolen lives and tales of stolen names.


[This incident occurred in Carrollton, Mississippi, March 17, 1886, and is known as the Carrollton Massacre. Around 20 black people were killed by an organized gang of 60 white men, in the midst of a trial in the county courthouse—because a black man had dared to sue a white man over an earlier shooting. Afterwards, a grand jury passed a resolution deploring the violence, but it didn't indict anyone. Southern polite society has suppressed, ignored, or minimized the story, and some in the town still have bitter feelings toward those who "stir up trouble" by mentioning it.

[There is some historical information in a web site about Vaiden, Mississippi, a web site called Friends of Justice, and a blog by Sally Greene, a member of the town council of Chapel Hill, SC, and amateur historian.]


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