Playground​/​Battlefield

from by Joseph Huber

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Hard times never quite seem to end,
Running down this road again
Singing "Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in"
As I'm heading outta town.

I'm out here clinging to the breeze again,
Waiting on a second wind,
But the wheels are shakin' and the money's thin
To go another round.

Fall on your knees, kick up your heels,
Sparks flying from a spinning wheel
Either hold to the light or to darkness yield
When your old playground turns a battlefield,
Your old playground turns a battlefield.

Did you hear that new law of the land?:
Every man 'gainst every man.
They say a piece of cold steel in every hand
Will help it settle down.

They'll get that trouble all in your mind,
Fear grows and a heart dies,
Start building walls and drawing lines
Waiting for the trumpet sound.

Fall on your knees, kick up your heels,
Sparks flying from a spinning wheel
Either hold to the light, or to darkness yield
When your old playground turns a battlefield,
Your old playground turns a battlefield.

Ain't no matter where, in every case
You find the workingest folks in the torndownest place,
Where the layers of a lie are peeled.
Well, you take a drink and take one too,
Wouldn't it be fine to think it true that
We ain't just players for the well-heeled,
And that their playground ain't your battlefield,
That your own hometown ain't a battlefield.

Ain't it all just a game,
A few lost and a few gained,
Dollars/lives, well, it's all the same
When you're so far off the ground.
While back here down on the earth,
Hands ache and feet hurt,
One takes the pain and one takes the perks
And dares to double-down.

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from The Suffering Stage, released April 21, 2017

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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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