The Gypsy, The Punk, And The Fool (A Tale)

from Smash The Windows (2016 Reissue) by Mischief Brew

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Lay the sleepy children down
Battered hand on baby's brow
Embers turn the night to smoke
Bottled shells of revelry
And ghosts of old jokes
Horses tethered tight
To them, hay
Into beds of straw, the strongarms fade
What are the words to The Gypsy Lament?
Carnival not haunted by the Lent?
Sing of no surrender

Saw a fiddle, cracked, in the settler's shack
That look on his face said, "Don't come back"
As the crusty and the Gypsy had their spat
Which one owns less of the land
One has asked the other if there's space
The other laughs, "You'd hardly last a day.
For all your beanfields and your 'pay-no-rents'
Can you really sing the rogue's lament?"
You'll hang before you surrender
I will not surrender

The boy could have grown to never strain a hand
Yet now he speaks of working his own land
And father's bribery is all for naught
For the morals of these stories can't be bought
How I marvel when idle ease is shed
To tend the wheat that soon shall be your bread
If you choose rebellion over sweet content
Can you really sing the rogue's lament again? No...

I'll sing the rogue's lament never again
I'll sing the rogue's lament never again
For when you roll your own bed,
Your days beyond self-led
You cannot sing the rogue's lament again
For when you bake your own bread,
The baker's always a friend
I'll sing the rogue's lament never again


from Smash The Windows (2016 Reissue), released March 22, 2016


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Emerging from the undead ashes of PA punk troupe The Orphans, Mischief Brew started with a scratchy demo tape in 2000 and has since spread the good word of anarchy, hilarity, and rebellion across state lines and even the Atlantic Ocean a few times. We've managed to exist for over 13 years in one form or another by kissing nobody's ass and doing everything ourselves, for the most part. No rules! ... more

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