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Nobody put us in a song like you.
Bless the strings you reached us through,
Playing parties while your sweetheart slept.
Even the lions and the tigers wept.
Nobody ever had a love like you—
A clearer eye, or a heart more true—
But at your wedding she was crossing the field,
A fucking viper got a taste of her heel.
Look back.

You saw the only plan to take unfold
Like it was scrawled on an ancient scroll:
Do what no other man ever could,
And fetch her back from the underworld.
You stuck your harp up under your arm,
Got your bearings, and you left the farm.

You really want to go down there?
Do you really want to go down there?
But who’s gonna bring her back if you won’t?
You’re damned if you do,
She’s damned if you don’t.

Hades couldn’t believe his eyes—
A mortal walking his dark paradise.
Said, I think I know what you’re here about,
But you can’t look at her on your way out.
You’re almost up the tunnel now, the sky’s in sight,
When all the sudden you see the light:
Sure it’s sad to lose your oldest friend,
But now you’re gonna have to be a husband again.


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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