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Grab Your Shotgun

from A Scientific Search by Erik Ritland



Inspired by: Huckleberry Finn, William Faulkner, the industrial revolution, current civil unrest, the possibility of an impending civil war, anti-gun violence, self-defense, rioting, "Murder Most Foul" (Bob Dylan)


All this old land is worthless now
We can’t grow anything
The family’s disavowed

Now we hear the town’s been overrun
Grab your shotgun

Things are fading fast
We’re out of luck
There go the good old boys
In the back of a pickup truck

The age of the antichrist has only just begun
Grab your shotgun

I will rot in hell if I shoot first
But I can’t see a way out of the coming curse

If there is a battle
It’s better won
Grab your shotgun


from A Scientific Search, released August 16, 2020


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One of the last great American songwriters in the tradition of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, William James, G.K. Chesterton, Jeff Tweedy, and Jim Varney.

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