Rachel's Song (the ballad of Hazel Motes)

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Met a man named Hazel Motes
Back at a roadside bar
Selling bibles from his trunk
and moonshine from a jar

He said the spirit burns within
A fire deep inside
He bragged about his great past
I’m pretty sure he lied

He had a way of looking wild
And in a little trouble with the law
You knew that it was coming soon
The day that he would take his fall

He drove the car all night long
But he couldn’t hide
He said that he would change himself
But I don’t think he tried

I guess that’s how it goes
I guess that’s how the story goes

Many years came and went on by
That’s the little funny thing about time
I heard that Hazel had gone blind
From a mutual friend of mine

He said he knew it in his blood
He didn’t need to see
I couldn’t tell if it was just a scam
Or an honest plea

I guess that’s how it moves
I guess that’s how the spirit moves

I saw him right before his end
He finally cut the chain
He whispered to me “Grace is change
And change is pain”.

I guess that’s how it ends
I guess that’s how the story ends


from Greene Street, released May 3, 2017



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Joshua Starmer Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Joshua Starmer is a cellist, composer, and singer whose eclectic sound recalls the string-led pop of Andrew Bird and the quirky compositions of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, both of whom he cites as influences. A cellist since the age of seven, Starmer eventually wove himself into the fabric of North Carolina's vibrant music scene. ~ Timothy Monger ... more

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