Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil

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Folk - Alternative | Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Total Song Plays: 423   
Member Since: 2011
   Last Login: 12/25/2020
   Sounds Like: Nirvana, Nick Drake

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16

Song Description

This song deals with a desire to start new...."Why be a prisoner of the past? my heart asks?" An outlaw knows he has done wrong but wants freedom to start anew. His destiny is uncertain and his freedom may not last. because "Destiny's a bloody knuckle That flips a coin and watches it fall" The third verse has the outlaw on his back "watching hawks draw, everything I ever saw" Shot by a cop...who earned their gold by bringing him down. This is a poignant song especially considering the recent shooting by police in Ferguson and other places. The upsurge in incarcerations and gunning down of mentally ill homeless folks in the streets by Police has hit the news lately. This song sublimity deals with this issue in a folk sense. Ending in a very melancholy way: "Ma and pa left a desert rose...in front of the grave A goodbye wave...wave A desert rose For the path I chose"

Story Behind the Song

Personal experience, in jail for 7 months in solitary as a result of having a Psychotic episode. I longed for freedom...I was sick. What probably would of happened had I run. Written and recorded in Andrew Neil's hospital room on a cheap Tascam.

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Lyrics

Outlaw© Andrew Neil. October 2014.

Orange and white jump suite
Day dream about you
I run they shoot
Under a blue moon
Hound dogs sing
I run and crawl
Let freedom ring
For this outlaw

Why be a prisoner of the past?
My heart asks
I hear a minister full of wrath
I had to laugh
Chuckle Chuckle
What's the point of it all?
Destiny's a bloody knuckle
That flips a coin
and watches it fall

Watching it fall I'm an outlaw
Watching hawks draw everything I ever saw
When I was young when I was old
A smoking gun Cops earned their gold

Outlaw on my tombstone
Outlaw never truly known
Outlaw on my tombstone
Ma and pa left a desert rose...in front of the grave
A goodbye wave...wave
A desert rose
For the path I chose
Outlaw on my tombstone
Outlaw never truly known
Never truly known (repeat)

Song Length
4:29
Genres
Folk - Americana, Folk - Alternative
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Mood
Heartbreaking

Subject Matter
Prison, Doom


Language
English
Era
2000 and later

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