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True story. Nuff said.


When I was a young man
you tempted fate just to get yerself high
And you hid it good from everyone you met
and from the Cops yer always terrified
But they got all kinda of smoke now
not just the Mexican Red of yore
And cash strapped states across the nation
have turned their back on this Drug War

t’s hard for me to comprehend, this change up in attitudes
It’s treated like a medicine, prescribed to change your moods
But it wasn’t that long ago friends, and to illustrate my point
Your life was literally ended, if caught poor with a single joint

It was a single joint, that’s all you got
But they could ruin your life for good
And the ugly truth is that your only crime
is that you’re from the wrong neighborhood
Well the rich man’s son can do as he like’s, to the cops it’s well understood
But for a single joint, and being poor
They could ruin your life for good

I got friends up in Oklahoma
they sitting in a prison cell today
For being the wrong skin color
and pulled a judge they could not sway
Can you imagine how they feel now?
When that same joint is legal today
And the rich man’s son now prospers
with his new dispensary

There’s far too many families
once strong now broken apart
When the Judges fill up new the prisons
the private sector takes ‘em ala carte
The overworked Defender is not much help
and all alone in court there you stood
With a third strikeout for just a single joint
they’ll ruin your life for good.


from Songs for the Hangman's Daughter, released March 28, 2017
National Resophonic Guitar

Words and Music M. Rubin



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Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew.

Known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music. With Danny Barnes, he founded Pioneer Proto-Americana band the Bad Livers
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