Good Man

from by Stalwart Sons



Good Man

To walk a narrow path
straight as a crow
the havens are rich in sound
healthy ease and sleepless

The way to tread barefoot on shale
empty bottle soldiers
storm against the air
and the harvest about me

To have an instrument
and the will to sing,
resound the hollow gulleys
pull anchor and flow on

You are the ear
I will be a good man
Sing full-bore & naked
Sing freedom

Something of a response to Richie Havens’ performance at Woodstock, the revelation of simply chanting the word “Freedom” again and again. To live a strict lifestyle, wear this counter-culture like a badge of honour, intellectualize these words and this music, yet in the end give every fibre to deliver a simple and honest performance. I still believe in the power music can yield. The desire to be a good man, to create something good and exude it nakedly. Cut away all the pretence and radiate.


from Stay Cold, released September 20, 2012



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