Up from the South

from Only the Stars by The Long Farewells

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In remembrance of those who lost their lives and homes in Chicago's "red summer" of 1919.


When you came up from the south
the taste of Jim Crow in your mouth
thought you'd found the land of milk and honey

found a job at the stock yard
pay was bad and the work was hard
but feeling free was worth the meager money

found a wife and made a home
them Irish boys mostly left you alone
and you almost never thought of Yazoo County

It don't take a Moses
to part the waters of Lake Michigan
just the finest line meant to keep you in
and Big Bill's boys won't stop the burning
smell the smoke, the wind is turning
and the fire, it's heading your way
I heard they killed a boy down at the beach today
I heard they killed a boy down at the beach today

when you shipped off to France
didn't think you stood a ghost of a chance
of coming back to this town alive

in no-man's land or in the trenches
or back in Paris with all the Frenches
all you could see was your brand-new bride

now the streets are burning
and she's not home
fear is gnawing like a dog with a bone

grab your hat
out the door
find the trouble you ain't looking for



from Only the Stars, released November 1, 2019
Gabrielle Schafer, vocals. Aaron Rester, guitar and harmonica. Lyrics by Aaron Rester. Music by Aaron Rester and Erin Fusco. Produced by Tim Joyce and Aaron Rester.


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The Long Farewells Chicago, Illinois

On The Long Farewells' debut, "Only the Stars," singer Gabrielle Schafer and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Rester have created a a eulogy for the 1910s, a haunting portrait of America at a time of creative destruction that echoes our own.

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