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I still haven't processed my feeling about my career in Europe. It's so complex and nuanced, I'm really still conflicted to this day. This wrote itself after 20 years internal composition.

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I’ll teach the hangman’s daughter to sing my people’s song
For the Hangman’s labors all those people are long gone
I’ll show the Hangman’s daughter our haunting melodies
Since no one’s left to sing them now, so won’t you sing with me.

I’ve gone across the ocean, to see where we came from
But there’s nothing left to see there now, after all that’s been done
Those very few who persevered, now they sing a different song
But I only know the old strains and the new tune sounds so wrong

Well the Hangman was a neighbor, and we thought we got along
We tried our best to blend right in, we even learn his songs
But that the neighbor is a hangman now, he hums a new refrain
His marching bands may drown us out, but our song remains the same

For I’ll teach the hangman's daughter to sing my family song
If not for this guileless child, then who will sing along?
There’s no one left to gather round and to intone these melodies
Without the hangman’s children, the song would be just me.

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from Songs for the Hangman's Daughter, released March 28, 2017
Words and Music M. Rubin

Washburn Parlor Guitar

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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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