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The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow lyrics

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    The way I see things, he commited a crime by drowning someone to death ("ohh ", underneath the water; did that full moon force my hand") and he ran away from barton hallow. He is also saying that the lord won't take him, meaning he won't be getting into heaven because he have onviously commited a crime ("i know the lord my soul won't take") and so he is doomed ("devil gonna follow me e'er i go") and he will never see himself free from his own sins.
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