The Trouble Ain't The Hangin' live on KRFC

from Rocky Mountain High: Live on KRFC by Amy Annelle

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"The Trouble Ain't the Hangin'" written & performed by Amy Annelle, after the traditional song "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" and "My Songbird" by Jesse Winchester
© High Plains Sigh Music/BMI

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all through the ages
you kept your songbirds in cages
but when you set one free
another song, it comes to be
and oh, how you long
for the liquor of her song
the trouble ain't the hangin'
it's when you tie the rope
too long

the muses coo and whisper
they come to sing a song through you
beside you rides a sister
the muse is singin' through her too
but you mistook, oh you mistook
a sister for sycophant
sycophants in circles 'round you,
what more could a body want?
oh, oh, oh I know

hang me oh hang me
I'll be dead and gone
hang me oh hang me
I'll be dead and gone
oh, the trouble ain't the hangin'
it's when you tie the rope too long

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from Rocky Mountain High: Live on KRFC, released July 12, 2010

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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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