Drowning

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Ol’ Hank made a threat he would take his life
Goin’ down in the river 3 times; only come up twice.
Sure enough he drowned in liquor, but he saw the light
half baptized and drowning…

Got out of jail early; sentence cut in half
Didn’t make me smile but it made me laugh,
being let loose on the lost highway is a funny kind of free
got a rusty ribcage and a heart that won’t stop beating.

Half baptized is all we understand
We’ve been saved, but saved just to not be damned
Half baptized is worse than half way there
What is being spared when you’re out of air?

Taught but never known well
Told but never shown well
Half baptized and drowning.
Oh well.

Us kids we thought that it was our true hope
To be let off the hook and then be left alone.
But our Dad was never safe after the belt was put away
Until he took down that old mandolin to play.

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from The Last Laugh, released October 11, 2013

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