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Beneath A Solemn Sky

from Manifest Destiny by The Gunboat Diplomats

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Beneath A Solemn Sky

By a brown and withered garden, there's a chapel in the sand
Where the wicked and the faithful come to make their final stand
As another bitter season ends, now the hour is at hand

For the seeds of hope have fallen on parched and stony ground
Can you hear the prophets calling while the world keeps spinning 'round?
But it all goes with the territory and, for what it's worth,
The meek and brave prepare a grave in the dusty barren earth

While the bones of last week's promises are buried in the square
The saints and doubting Thomases all bow their heads in prayer
But the words can bring no comfort to the foolish or the wise
Till the heavens rain on the brittle grain
Like teardrops from the quiet, solemn sky

Now the thunderclouds are gathering
A shadow on the land

So rejoice you sons and daughters, but wouldn't it be rich
If the holy, healing waters soon undermined the bridge
Rushing up to breach the levy on that long and fateful day
Till the rising flood made it clear as mud
All the sins are washed away

Down the ancient, winding river to the dark and briny sea
Now these old foundations shiver at the sacred memory
Of that brief and blessed moment when providence supplied
A sad lament for the penitent who are damn well sanctified


from Manifest Destiny, track released October 30, 2017
Chuck Nash: vocal, guitars
Brittany Maroney: cello


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