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Deep down, I really don't believe in Flags. Or Castles. Or the Armies to defend them. But our world is mighty complex and getting more confused every day. I try to have a nuanced point of view that bends arcs towards justice. For everybody.


Can feel the ancient sting? Can you hear that old bell ring
When your neighbors they don't need you anymore
Where will you now turn, when it’s your home they’ve come to burn?
You may do as we’ve always done before

Come home, come on home.
Shuvu-na, Teshuva, come on home.

No matter who you think you are, you will only get so far
Remember it's their game and they can change the rules
For today it may not show, but very soon they all will know
When you are singled out for being not like one of them.

Oh today it’s true we’re free, no Ghetto Walls do we see
And it feels like it could never end (it really does)
But be sure they’ll come a day, and when it is no one can say
When we’ll need one and can’t find a single friend

I’m told there's a land, far off in the sand
That’s reserved for our sisters and brothers
But who would we be to we call ourselves free
On a land that was taken from others?

So don't forget how we got here, and best you hold each other dear
In the end we are to be our only friends.
Always giving them our best, we’ve uplifted all the rest
But when it suits them, they would round us up again


from Songs for the Hangman's Daughter, released March 28, 2017
Martin D-18 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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