Before you get There

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Originally inspired by the 'train' of poor displaced people, prostitutes, merchants, turncoats, families of the soldiers etc who would follow armies throughout history out of pure desperation or financial interest.

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Before you get there
I hitched my wagon to Solferino
Put my head in the lair of the bear
But I’m not cut from the stuff of heroes
And I’ll be gone before you get there

I plied my trade at Chatanooga
At Paschandale I did despair
With my Gattling gun and Luger
But I’ll be gone before you get there

I saw the sun rise at Isandwala
Had to shield my eyes from the glare
For the sunrise is not a given thing
And I’ll be gone before we get there

I raised the standard at Borodino
Fought with a courage beyond compare
Now that valour become a freak show
And I’ll be gone before we get there

I wrote my name at Carthage in the dust
I know the words to every prayer
One day those blades and barrels they will rust away
But I’ll be gone before we get there

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from Birds of Plenty, released February 17, 2020

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Yellowbelly Nuremberg, Germany

Yellowbelly are Lawrence, Stefan, Markus, Boris and Kathi. They play guitars, violins, drums, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a lap steel, an oud and other instruments, but not all at the same time. Yellowbelly play in pubs, churches, barns, internists's surgeries, fields, living rooms, stages and castles. Yellowbelly play songs about forgotten space probes, trains, cicadas and ratcatchers. ... more

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