Already Gone - Butch Hancock

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Already Gone - Butch Hancock

Postby Kush » Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:54 am

Another great songwriter from Texas...


Already Gone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6wZ7nA_49U


You don’t know what you’re missing with your endless supplies
Of that infinite variety of the same old merchandise
She was standin’ in the corner – actin’ lonely and lazy
He had no way to warn her – why he was feelin’ so crazy
He just went out and he bought the fastest bike he could buy
Popped a wheelie in the alley – aimed it straight for the sky
He bit the dust on the highway – doin’ ninety, ninety-five
Just east of Albuquerque – singin’ sweet by and by

He followed her down – she took him for granted
He showed her his heart – she showed him the door
He showed her the road – she said I don’t understand it
When he died he was thinkin’ – baby here’s what it’s for

I asked my angel – if heaven was near
She said it’s closer than it looks
But you can’t get there from here
Where can you go? – when you’re already gone
Where can you go? – when you’re already gone

Peabody and your government – got no respect for this earth
They wanna move the Indians again from the very land of their birth
They wanna move big mountain – and cut the coal out from under
They don’t know about sunshine – they never listen to thunder
You know who “they” are – aw, but who are you?
To let them do this to a people – who’d never do this to you?

Would you follow them down – to the skids and the slums
Take somebody from a circle – turn ‘em into a bum
The great spirit’s with you – to the end of the earth
When ya die you’ll be thinkin’ – what the hell was it worth?

I asked my angel – if heaven was near
She just closed her eyes
You can’t get there from here
Where can you go? – when you’re already gone
Where can you go? – when you’re already gone

In the city of angels – I once caught a thief
He was 20 years off the reservation, the cops all called him chief
It’s more than mind over matter – it’s your body and soul
The last rung on the ladder – the poor and hungry and cold
It’s the moon above the mountains – it’s the snow on the ground
It’s a smokeless horizon – someone you don’t let down
But it’s those hearts that can’t feel – it’s those arms that won’t reach
And it’s sad but it’s real – these ain’t just figures of speech

America lies – from border to border
Signs treaties in disguise – forgets nature's law and order
Rebuilds her statue of liberty – and has the band play a song
For another statue that’s cryin’ – "where did I go wrong?"
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Re: Already Gone - Butch Hancock

Postby Steven » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:43 pm

Hi Kush,

Great song and songwriter. The song brings together seemingly disparate story elements in a
non-formulaic (highly creative) manner.
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Re: Already Gone - Butch Hancock

Postby Kush » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:03 am

Yes agreed Steven. Among others or more so than others, Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt come to mind who have a verse or two that are very personal and specific and then suddenly move to a more universal and seemingly disparate theme within the same song. This song shares that trait.
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Re: Already Gone - Butch Hancock

Postby Kush » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:00 pm

If you close your eyes, you may hear 60s Dylan and Baez...

So I'll Run - Butch Hancock and Marce Lacouture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM9RQNe6LZ0

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