Hellhound in the House

by Hip Hatchet

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I never knew how tight my fists could ball up I never knew how hard i could cry when the fear sets in the danger is real I’ll never sign your damned dotted line I wanna see if you even have a spine Does your blood run red, does your heart beat like mine with weak mind and open ears what scares me the most is the whispers from the trees that have hanged men before Can you hear the wind, Can you hear the howl A Hellhound caught the scent and ended up in the house The thickest of skin and the deepest of hearts do little more than nothing when they settle like dust I heard tell a tale of a long black snake That crawled along the top of the northern states Death and destruction, firearms and dogs while the hellhound lines his pockets and watches it all So when the fires rise up and hell is on the loose trust in your eyes to do exactly what they do stare it in the face and open up your heart and send that hellhound running back to where he came from
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It’s the burden of an empath to look upon this land When the shadow grows long as the sun it sets at the will of the idlest hands The war that’s waged in recent days between the money and the morals Love against profit, thought that’s not all of it There’s always a winner in a quarrel Hope is hard to find when you read between the lines I wish that I had more to give but i’ve barely even own whats mine. I have my heart for love and my hands for labor A compass to help guide us home If i heard a call to arms I’d answer with posture held Take a deep breath say to wish me the best And join up against the world A world that’s bigger than any of us even when we come together We’ve invested in love, poems and songs which don’t work as well as their weapons They forgot one thing that when all of the money’s been spent When the ice is all melted and the cities submerged what will even be left It’s the songs that we song the poems we read It’s the fight we put up and the love we tried to spread
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All we see is maps of this great divide the talking heads ranting about crudely drawn lines Well i’ve driven across those lines had a beer with the other side And while evil sure exits most folks are mostly tired Tired of being broke both in spirit and wealth weary of others’ promises and fending for themselves we might have a mad man at the helm or a profiteer at worst And neither side is gonna get less tired as the great divide grows wider & wider Driving through Ohio in the summer of ’16 Lawn sign after lawn sign leaving me in disbelief but folks came to the shows and looked like me and you tired and depleted and sick of these same old blues I don’t need some con man or his god damn bottom line I’ve been breaking my back to make my way and he’s gonna steal it all this time I’ll break my skin where it starts to stretch between my knuckles and my knees For all on both sides of the great divide who will suffer more than me.

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released January 20, 2017

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Hip Hatchet Nashville, Tennessee

With a voice that can meander from a whispering purr to a hardened howl, Hip Hatchet lusters the poetics of travel. Threading bold and unique guitar picking patterns with the strings of experience Hip Hatchet, the songwriting moniker of Philippe Bronchtein, is the beautiful resolution of a life lived in motion. ... more

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