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In Liberty's Mourning

from The Downtowner by Joseph Huber

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Bold lies, thin disguises paint the days,
Slowly expectation fades,
And sunken ones soon sang along
With screaming teeth how they were wronged--
No measured word could change.

The well-fed caught up in their upper hand--
What scraps fell by the way?
As disarray feigned commonplace,
Contorted rage waned straight-faced,
And here we are today.
Here we are today...

Here we stand in liberty's mourning,
Screaming, "I would change if I was to blame!"
And so we'll wade in liberty's mourning
And complain that there's not another way.

So beats the rended heart upon the widowed earth
Wounded, once held so dear,
But greed that seeds the lowest fruit
Turned littered rinds had taken root
In the orchards of fear.

Oh, what the hell can make a man believe
Short of dancing on the waves?
But fools will praise where power fills
And well-fed will get fatter still
And dance on their savior's grave
Here we are today...

Here we stand in liberty's mourning,
Screaming, "I would change if I was to blame!"
And so we'll wade in liberty's mourning
And complain that there's not another way.

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from The Downtowner, released May 12, 2022

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Joseph Huber Milwaukee, Wisconsin

After 7 years of hard touring and playing banjo with the influential streetgrass group, .357 String Band, Joseph Huber has found an individual voice that covers a vast range of influence. Playing all the instruments, from fiddle to harmonica to banjo to tambourine (and as many as he can at once) he amazes and entertains, but also reveals substance. His songs are lyrical, but he knows a good hook. ... more

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