Juke Joint

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We were coming around the levy and you were hanging on my arm,
We were hoping things were starting on time out in the barn,
Just when we arrived, they rosined up the bow,
We were standing closer as the band played out real slow,

I moved close to where you were, hoping to see things better,
I hung on your every word, stringing them all together,

You smiled soft and knowing as the fiddle played its part,
And the gut-bucket filled the low end with the beating of my heart,
And the racket from the washboard soared into the air,
And mixed with all the voices singing out in prayer,

The sound of the mandolin rang like bells in winter,
You looked on with innocence for the rest of all us sinners,

Bring out a tin pail and put it in a spot where everyone can see,
And we'll fill it with kerosene to the top and light it to the beat,
Shadows dance around us and move along the walls, circling the flames,
Feet pound on the floorboards, lift the working dust, shake the shadow's names,

I felt it down in my bones and moved a little closer,
We danced in the bucket's glow and almost knocked it over,

As walked out of the ramble the stars rose in the air,
As if they heard the voices singing on in there,
I drove towards the highway and you promised we'd return,
As you looked out of the window at the kerosene fire burn.

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from Vanish Line, released September 6, 2013

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Mobjack is at once deeply grounded in classic American archetypes and clearly modern, unbeholden to simple forms or categorization. They are equal parts Crazy Horse and Band of Horses, a seamless blend of influences that inform the essence of Mobjack's sound: the aching duality of modern America, immersed in the past yet moving inexorably forward. ... more

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