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from Hang Me Out to Dry by Trip McCool

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Long ago we walked together
Down the path that led from school
While talking softly all along the way
Then in all my years of travel
All my life I’ve played the fool
Our secret I kept safely tucked away

How you cried then when you told me
That you’d never be my bride
Your family made the troth so long ago
It was sealed with a dowry
But never with a kiss
Your hand he holds, your heart he’ll never own

Evermore, evermore
Why did you say my darling, evermore

With a gold pin from your sweater
You bled my thumb and yours
Mixed them both upon a wild primrose
Oh I swore on my mother
Yes upon her holy grave
I’d never tell another living soul

Got the word then from my brother
And he told me all the news
He mentioned how your man had passed away
Oh I thought then of your sweater
The pin, a bloody rose
The old school path, can we still find our way


from Hang Me Out to Dry, released February 17, 2020


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Trip McCool Holly Springs, North Carolina

I put on the guitar and sing as if my ancestors were listening; and I truly believe they are so I better not disappoint them. Trip is the part of my soul that never forgot the sacrifices they made. My people rose up from the Irish mud to make a better life for me. I write songs for them, for my people, the immigrants, the poor, the salt of the earth. It's all true, even the lies. ... more

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