State Street Preacher

from by Gar Clemens

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papers show the riots and the fire in the streets
thank God for weather and the experts on t.v.
nobody is in the dumpster
somebody sucks his teeth
belly on the table and slippers on his feet

liberated fish flop on the buckling floor
if it took one bullet then the clip has plenty more
i wasn't really countin' so i can't be so sure
hide the heater
there's police at the door

(Introducing Mr. Samuel Chambers...)

a deadbeat's $20 turns to nothing fast
to scratch offs lying in piles by the trash
he's back on to concrete where he'll shuffle and laugh
one eye on the corner, another on his back

by now i'm old enough to know
when to leave well enough alone
when to give a hungry dog a bone
they'll beg ya out of house
they'll beg ya out of home
leave ya with nothing
cold and alone

la la la la...


from Cricket Hill, released January 15, 2016



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Gar Clemens Greensboro, North Carolina

Gar Clemens' delightful Americana-influenced-folk debut full-length may be simple, sleepy and comforting, but it is also thematically captivating, and all too capable of stirring up the kind of nagging life sentiments usually reserved for when your head hits the pillow. (Jamie Downes // 07/01/14//United Kingdom) ... more

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