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Another Drive Home

Thankfully after a horrendous two hour drive to the cities tonight, the drive home was much less eventful. I was able to listen to a few great tunes again on the drive. I’m starting to think I should start a “goose bump” playlist to see if I force myself into a ditch with all the musical goodness. (And all this after having hair standing up on my neck to the strains of Star '91, Regiment ‘96, and Cavaliers ‘02.)

Particularly, four songs did the number on me tonight. Bill Withers‘ “I Wish You Well” and “My Imagination.” The toss up for most effective was between Sting’s “I Hung My Head” and “I Was Brought to My Senses,” both from the outstanding album Mercury Falling. Tonight the winner is “I Hung My Head.” I’ll readily admit that “I Was Brought to My Senses” is a superior song, but Sting’s outstanding storytelling had me this time:

Early one morning With time to kill I borrowed Jebb's rifle And sat on a hill I saw a lone rider Crossing the plain I drew a bead on him To practice my aim My brother's rifle Went off in my hand A shot rang out Across the land The horse, he kept running The rider was dead I hung my head I hung my head I set off running To wake from the dream My brother's rifle Went into the sheen I kept on running Into the south lands That's where they found me My head and my hands The sheriff he asked me Why had I run And then it came to me Just what I had done And all for no reason Just one piece of lead I hung my head I hung my head Here in the court house The whole town was there I see the judge High up in the chair Explain to the court room What went through you mind And we'll ask the jury What verdict they find I felt the power Of death over life I orphaned his children I widowed his wife I begged their forgiveness I wish I was dead I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head Early one morning With time to kill I see the gallows Up on a hill And out in the distance A trick of the brain I see a lone rider Crossing the plain And he'd come to fetch me To see what they'd done And we'd ride together To kingdom come I prayed for god's mercy For soon I'd be dead I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head

Incidentally, Johnny Cash covered “I Hung My Head” on American IV: The Man Comes Around. Judging from how I liked his cover of NIN‘s “Hurt,” I may have to give it a try.