Silver of the Mantazas

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Triggered by the 11.5 million guilders lost to the Imperial and Catholic forces in what is now Cuba during the Thirty Years War. And other things, songs are always about other things.

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Silver of the Mantazas
There’s one law for the wicked and one law for the rest of us
Rivets rust the sky comes loose and claims the very best of us hala
There’s one law for the cunning and one law for the meek of heart
Spirits sink blood runs cold the wind will tear the weak apart hala

Deep beneath the turmoil of the waves she rises
Deep beneath the turmoil of the waves she rises hala

There’s one rule for the tiger and one rule for the tiger’s skin
In the jungle of the hungry his claw upon the monkey din hala
There’s one rule for the heedless one for the attentive child
Tendering the future slain all things uncouth and wild hala
and all the silver of the Mantazas will not bring my children back

There’s one road for desertion one for those that stay the course
We’ll strip the fields of barley and when we’re done we’ll eat the horse hala
There’s one road to the palace and one down to the sullen seas
Where ships over the skyline drown their crews remorselessly hala

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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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