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james went down to the market town perched on his father’s knee
for to sell their cotton and buy their livestock and trade their tobacco for coffee and tea
it was market day in the market town by the red clay riverside
and the street was full of strange sights and sounds and james his eyes were wide
there were farmers and merchants and dogs in the dust
there were pigs and cattle and horses in harness
there were sacks of white sugar and tins of molasses
cotton in bales and trees cut into planks
was a man named green in the market town
bound for new orleans the last stop down
and james and his father went to see the man’s wares
in a little yard hidden from curious stares
now green the soul driver a whip in his hand
set his stock to dancing said look aren’t they happy 
but even young james could see the difference in style 
between a grimace of pain and a smile
was an old man of sixty boot black in his hair
for to make him look forty still plenty of work in there
was a woman with two daughters and a girl with one son
and jim’s father’s eye fixed on that little one
now all down the street of the market town
you could hear the girls scream as her son was sold
over the barking and bleating over the haggling and cheating
her wailing should turn the blood cold
but green plied his whip till his both arms were tired
and james watched the life leave her eyes
and james and his father took their property away 
and the scars have not healed to this day
so take care what you do for your market town
for your oil in barrels and your money in banks
you can kick dust over the blood on the ground
but you’re still whipping people to dance
and even a child will see that
and then you will see what you get
fall 98 New Orleans
© myshkin 1999


from Why Do All the Country Girls Leave?, released January 1, 2000


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Myshkin Warbler Astoria, Oregon

Myshkin and an ever-evolving crew of restless gamblers—string, horn, drum, key, and and wave players. Passions range from tango to electronica, folk-noir to gypsy-swing to modern classical to rocknroll. Literate & spooky. Myshkin mostly plays guitars. When warm, she sings like a shiver down your chakras. Like a heart breaking all wide open. Like one in utter control of uncontrollable things. ... more

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