The Hangman

from The Valley by Matt Buetow

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The Hangman

I have some reasons for you to count your cash, pull out the last few threads and watch it all collapse
Beside a fire burning my own thatch, I stand frozen

So I put flames to trees and open land just hoping for a little warmth for these heavy hands
I first saw him dangling from a brand-new strand, the hangman

But he grew too tall until he could not stand in the aftermath
And the curse won’t lift until you end all plans and let the current splash

Well here’s a band-new star for your brand-new map
The sun is setting as the clouds collapse
As I chew my words and sing the staff, ooh ooh but they’re stolen
So now my missing chords and slow left hand will be my saving grace and my kickstand
The shoes and sidewalk skid till they reach the sand and the moment slips

So I drew and drew until my mind went black and my pen bent
But it’s you who fights the things you cannot stand and expects to win.


from The Valley, released April 22, 2014


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Matt Buetow Portland, Oregon

Drawing from country legends like Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, and Willie Nelson, Matt Buetow’s songs are honest and true. Every song comes straight from experience and his smooth tenor vocals give each carefully crafted lyric a classic feel.

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