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Thursday Inspiration 56 — “Long Hard Times to Come,” by Gangstagrass

Street of pretty houses

The song that came into my mind on this one is the theme song from the TV series, “Justified.” I’m watching it from beginning to end again. The theme song is the chorus to a longer song. I had it memorized before but had to re-learn it. It’s not easy to sing, but once you learn it and get into the groove of it, it’s a lot of fun.

Long Hard Times to Come“, was performed by the New York City–based Gangstagrass and produced by Rench, and features rapper T.O.N.E-z, Matt Check on banjo, Gerald Menke on resonator guitar, and Jason Cade on fiddle. The song was nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

 

 

The chorus:
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
I see them long hard times to come

Here is the full song,

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

[Chorus]
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
I see them long hard times to come

Verse 2:
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 aint 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

[Chorus]
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
I see them long hard times to come

Paula Light is the host of Thursday Inspiration. Paula says:
This week’s theme is street and the picture is below. Here is the song snippet from “On the Street Where You Live,” a song written in 1956 by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe for My Fair Lady.


I have often walked down this street before
But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before
All at once am I several stories high
Knowing I’m on the street where you live

16 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration 56 — “Long Hard Times to Come,” by Gangstagrass

        1. Boyd and Raylan are on opposite sides of the thin blue line, but Raylan makes a lot of crossings over the series 🙂 At the same time, Boyd has his own code of honor that parallels the “other side.” I also like the way they explore how Arlo, Raylan’s dad keeps haunting him in his own way.

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