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Henry May

from Defiant by Christian Williams

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Survival of the fittest


When he saw the sun was shining and the sky above was blue, he spent the day under the shade and dreamed about the moon. When he woke up to the crickets and the sky above was black, he claimed it was his wife to blame for the day spent on his back.

Oh, Henry May - pushed his luck one time too much that summer day.

When he sat down at the table and all he saw was corn, he took his heel and pushed the meal clear across the floor. When his wife started crying and her heart began to ache, she took the gun he used to hunt and blew his head away.

Oh, Henry May - used his head to paint the kitchen red that summer day.

When he reached the gates of heaven and saw the line was long, he bitched and moaned with such a tone he ruined the angels' song. St. Peter heard the ruckus and screamed out through the gate, "Make no mistake, I know a place where you won't have to wait!"

Oh, Henry May - it suit him well to burn in hell that summer day.

When he stood before the devil and bitched about the heat, a sulfur breeze made him sneeze and knocked the devil off his feet. Ol' Hank was such a nuisance that the beast gave back his soul and sent him up to bug us as a big black cockroach.

Oh, Henry May - walked away with four more legs that summer day.


from Defiant, released September 1, 2007
Words and music by Christian Williams except banjo and harmonica by Cale Thibaudeau.


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Christian Williams New York

Christian Williams is a self-taught musician, experimental composer, and visual artist. His passion for expression has led him to dabble in a wide variety of music styles, ranging from dark acoustic folk music inspired by the American prairie to abstract sound art utilizing acoustic loops and field recordings. ... more

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