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#SLS — Long Hard Times to Come by Gangstagrass, featuring T.O.N.E. Z from the TV series, Justified

Jim Adams is promptmeister for fun prompts for Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
This week you can write about either the TV show or the song, or both. Everyone should be able to find a song that is featured in a TV show and works with this prompt.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

Image result for gangstagrassGangstagrass

Gangstagrass is a group of musicians in New York City, founded and led by Brooklyn producer Rench, who combine authentic bluegrass and rap into a new genre. Gangstagrass members: Dolio the Sleuth, Landry McMeans, R-SON, Adriel Williams, Dan “Danjo” Whitener and features T.O.N.E. Z on, “Long Hard Times to Come.”

Initially formed in 2006, Gangstagrass started to see its music reaching a wide audience when the band’s song “Long Hard Times to Come”, evidently inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Things Goin’ On”, was selected to be the opening theme song of the acclaimed television show Justified on FX in early 2010.

On July 8, 2010, Gangstagrass producer Rench and rapper T.O.N.E.Z were nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for “Long Hard Times to Come.”

The Justified series is based on the work of writer Elmore Leonard, who was a fan of Gangstagrass’ music:

Rench and his friends have done nothing short of creating a new form of music. Gangstagrass takes two types of music that are opposites and mixes them together brilliantly in a way that is natural and enjoyable.     — Elmore Leonard

The first clip is the part of the song you hear on the intro to Justified.

The next clip includes the whole song.

On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome, pissed off, who wants some
I’m fighting for my soul, God get at your boy
You try to bogart, fall back, I go hard
On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome, pissed off, who wants some

[Rench]
I see them long hard times to come

My life is ill son, prepared to kill son
A paradox of pain, baby, it’s real son
Lonely traveler, aint trying to battle ya
But if you’re feeling tuff dog, I welcome all challengers
Aint got no family, you see there’s one of me
Might lose your pulse standing two feet in front of me
I’m pissed at the world, but I aint looking for trouble
I might crack a grin, I aint looking to hug you
Think about it, nobody wants to die
There’s rules to this game son, I’m justified
I’m ready to go partner, hey I’m on the run
The devils hugging on my boots that’s why I own a gun
This journey’s too long, I’m looking for some answers
So much time stressing, I forget the questions
I fear no man, you don’t want no problems ‘B’
Eyes in the back of my head, you better not follow me

On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome-pissed off who wants some
I’m fighting for my soul, God get at your boy
You try to bogart, fall back, I go hard
On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome-pissed off, who wants some

[Rench]
I see them long hard times to come

You probably think I’m crazy, or got some loose screws
But that’s alright though, I’m a’do me, you do you
So how you judging me? I’m just trying to survive
And if the time comes, I aint trying to die
I’m just trying to fly, and get a little love
Find me a dime piece and get a little hug
Hook the car up, hit the bar up, clean the scars up, hey yo, the stars up
Hey this is the life of an outlaw
We ain’t promised tomorrow, I’m living now, dog
I’m walking through life. but yo my feet hurt
All my blessings are fed, man I’ll rest when I’m dead
Look through my eyes and see the real world
Take a walk with me, have a talk with me
Where we end up – god only knows
Strap your boots on tight you might be alright

On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome, pissed off who wants some
I’m fighting for my soul, God get at your boy
You try to bogart fall back I go hard
On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome pissed off who wants some

[Rench]
I see them long hard times to come

 

20 thoughts on “#SLS — Long Hard Times to Come by Gangstagrass, featuring T.O.N.E. Z from the TV series, Justified

  1. I really liked that show. I thought Walton Goggins was brilliant. One of the few newer shows I’ve watched…the theme is cool.

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  2. Max, so happy you’ve seen it. The show rocks, doesn’t it. Yes, Boyd Crowder is one in a million and I love the way he and Raylan play off of each other. It is a cool theme song isn’t it.

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  3. Glad you like it, John. I don’t get cable either, but I was able to rent it from the video store a season at a time. Later I went out and bought the series as I like it a lot.

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  4. Yes it does…I probably shouldn’t have just said one name…the entire cast were great. They nailed that part of the south.
    Oh the Theme song is unique and cool…

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  5. lol…yea I guess that is the correct name.

    off topic… you know how you liked Once Upon A Time in Hollywood? Bailey now has seen it three times and plans to go a fourth. He cannot get enough of it.

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  6. My brother was just having me listen to some other hip hop/rap and country & western collaboration he called “country rap” or something else, so the idea seems to be spreading through the music industry and creating other similar sounds – it definitely wasn’t this band, though. I really like the sound of this one, but then I’m a sucker for bluegrass, lol.I’d prefer that over C&W any day.

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