Theirs Be The Guilt

from by Jim Younger's Spirit

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about

Upton Sinclair (born in 1878) is one of the most famous and talented and engaged American writers... Remember "The Jungle" (1905!). His own personal history takes its roots in Civil War. This song is largely inspired by his wonderful novel "Manassas" (1904), under titled "Theirs be the guilt". It's a powerful book about what happened then. And it's a year prior to Jim Younger's parole. Jim Younger while in prison was aware of socialist ideas and even talked about it on his last note...

lyrics

Dead bodies now and then
Dead bodies now and then
He wants to run away from the streams of blood that pour into the ground
From the horses gaping bellies, from their dead wide open eyes
From wounded young men crying, from their wild wide open eyes

Men in the woods trying to hide, men with no jaw, men torn to pieces
Then a poor house, the old woman's shot dead, the little girl cries and kittens play as if nothing ever happened
He fires up into the sky

Forms shrouded in the smoke
Scattered army things
Forms shrouded in the smoke
Scattered army things
The battlefield still echoes with the sound of guns
Camp fires glow far away
He holds on to the trees
Trying to guess which side has won

A lost and lonesome young boy
Walks alone in a wasteland
Theirs be the guilt, theirs be the guilt
A lost and lonesome young boy
Walks alone in a wasteland
Theirs be the guilt, theirs be the guilt

Scattered army things
Wild wide open eyes
Dead wide open eyes
Wild wide open eyes
Now and then now and then
Dead bodies now and then
Wild wide open eyes
Dead open eyes
Wild wide open eyes
Horses gaping bellies
Dead wide open eyes
Wild wide open eyes
Dead wide open eyes

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from No Human Tongue Can Tell, released August 17, 2018

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