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Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town
Hollis Brown
He lived on the outside of town
With his wife and five children
And his cabin brokin' down.

You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile
You looked for work and money
And you walked a rugged mile
Your children are so hungry
That they don't know how to smile.

Your baby's eyes look crazy
They're a-tuggin' at your sleeve
Your baby's eyes look crazy
They're a-tuggin' at your sleeve
You walk the floor and wonder why
With every breath you breathe.

The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare
The rats have got your flour
Bad blood it got your mare
If there's anyone that knows
Is there anyone that cares ?

You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend
You prayed to the Lord above
Oh please send you a friend
Your empty pocket tell you
That you ain't a-got no friend.

Your babies are crying louder now
It's pounding on your brain
Your babies are crying louder now
It's pounding on your brain
Your wife's screams are stabbin' you
Like the dirty drivin' rain.

Your grass is turning black
There's no water in your well
Your grass is turning black
There's no water in your well
Your spent your last lone dollar
On seven shotgun shels.

Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls
Way out in the wilderness
A cold coyote calls
Your eyes fix on the shortgun
That's hangin' on the wall.

Your brain is a-bleedin'
And your legs can't seem to stand
Your brain is a-bleedin'
And your legs can't seem to stand
Your eyes fix on the shortgun
That you're holdin' in your hand.

There's seven breezes a-blowin'
All around the cabin door
There's seven breezes a-blowin'
All around the cabin door
Seven shots ring out
Like the ocean's pounding roar.

There's seven people dead
On a south Dakota farm
There's seven people dead
On a south Dakota farm
Somewhere in the distance
There's seven new people born.



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    UnregisteredJun 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
    Hollis Brown is so deeply rooted in the human condition it touches something within me at the core If you can hear this and not feel something within? Then wow I'll say a prayer Oh that you could see your life more clearly, Wipe away the pain that's made you blind! Take away the hurt that's cut so deeply; Forgive what's been done and trapped within the shadows of your mind And I'll pray you'll now, Step into the light. One of Bobs finest in my opinion but I've always felt music should have that connection with the powers that be We all have a song within us The trick is letting it out without offending one and other Wish Hollis had found his song or It's sad to say but maybe he did.
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    UnregisteredJan 19, 2012 at 12:33 am
    It was recently recorded by rise against, and it's meaning is a symbol for the turbulent times america is currently going through.
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    UnregisteredJan 18, 2012 at 2:36 am
    It's a song about a man who's life as a farmer is so difficult that he kills his wife, children, and then himself. It shows the difficulty of rural life in america

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