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by Hank Stone

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Take up all the wealthy peasants And lock them in a drawer Feed them on the lonesome scraps of dreams Watch them ride their camels Through a keyhole in the dark Is that laughter in the distance, perhaps screams? The saints are on the lookout, the lookout for the gospel, They hear confessions from a box that’s filled with wind The hours turn to fears, we’ve been waiting all these years And no one blew the whistle to begin And I ask why, why, why, was Abel left to die? And are we all descendants of Cain? There’s our jealousy, our anger Get the word out to the street Rejection is the trigger to our rage Let the fields go fallow Put a mark upon our heads For all of us are players on this stage And the gifts we sent in smoke, You sent them back as rain Why is this so hard to accept? Set the fields to burn, there’s nothing more to learn A promise never made is a promise kept And I ask why, why, why, was Abel left to die? And are we all descendants of Cain? There’s a rainbow in the clouds And it stretches to the sea It’s deceiving, how we need to think it’s real Like a picture of a flower Or the memory of youth The present sees the past as the ideal As we wander through this land Our trauma drags behind Some think redemption can be paid off with a fine Whatever we conceal, there’s something gnawing that we feel So we distract ourselves with music or we drown ourselves in wine
 And we know why, why, why, We know why, why, why We know why, why, why, Abel had to die. We are all descendants of Cain


Ben Diamond and Hank Stone write songs separately, and occasionally, together. This album will feature some of their joint compositions


released March 3, 2023


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Hank Stone New York

Most excellent songwright. Interpretive singer and guitarist. Harmonica hobbyist.

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