Black Lung

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16 Horsepower

16 Horsepower was an American alternative country music group based in Denver, Colorado. Their music often invoked religious imagery dealing with conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt through David Eugene Edwards's lyrics and the heavy use of traditional bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian instrumentation cross-bred with rock. For the bulk of its career, the band consisted of Edwards, Jean-Yves Tola, and Pascal Humbert, the latter two formerly of the French band Passion Fodder. After releasing four studio albums and touring extensively, the group broke up in 2005, citing "mostly political and spiritual" differences. The members remain active in the groups Woven Hand and Lilium. more »

Walkin' up with winkin' eyes 
Seen that tight-lipped grin 
I could tell from a mile away 
Boy you weren't my kin 
You best put a bridle on bridle on that tongue 
Save your breath for breathin' buddy 
An' run run 
Who's that feller next to me 
With the big house grin 
Speakin' from the left hand 
An' jumpin' out his skin 
Well, maybe he's my old man 
The one with the wooden eyes 
You'd think after all this time 
He'd find a better place to hide 
Cuttin' up with battin' eyes 
I seen that paint on smile 
Aw girl I could see you comin' 
For a country mile 
You bes' put a bridle on bridle on that tongue 
Save your breath for breathin' girl 
I'm talkin' from black lungs


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