Huck's Confession

from by Brady Earnhart

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Miss Watson and the Widow Douglas
Did what no one else in our town would—
They cleaned me up proper
To turn me into something good.
So I paddle down to Jackson’s Island,
Find a cave to sit the storm out in,
And who’s there but Miss Watson’s Jim.

She never did me any kind of harm I knew,
And here’s Jim running off to steal his family too,
But bad’s the only calling I was raised to do.

Fishing with him, when our shoulders touched,
I felt like I wasn’t alone.
With him on the raft I was more than just
Some thing my daddy owned.
He talked about his wife and daughter—
It made you want to cry,
But then I’d think what folks would say
And I felt so dirty inside.

So I start a letter, Dear Miss Watson,
I got your contraband Jim with me.
Send bounty men to fetch him.
Here’s where we ‘re gonna be.
I could feel the face of God smiling,
Seeing such a troubled child turn true,
And I tore that letter in two.

If I ever broke a mirror Jim’d take the spell,
And he fished me from the river
When I tripped and fell.
If it’s hell it takes to save him let me go to hell.
I’ll go to hell.


from Last Time I Promise, released September 12, 2015



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Brady Earnhart Charlottesville, Virginia

Earnhart is a songwriter, a poet, an English professor, & an interpreter for the International Rescue Committee. An Acoustic Guitar Magazine reviewer named his album After You among her ten favorites of the 1990s. Greg Varner of the Washington Blade writes, “Earnhart is singing art songs. Like the work of Stephen Foster or Aaron Copland, this work has a native American beauty.” ... more

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