Shackles & Ties

by Stuart Ferguson

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God's Plan 02:59
God’s Plan You can make up a story That’s already happened And lay all blame at the foot of the Captain The ship it was doomed when it left this ‘ol town Now it sits at the bottom of Puget Sound All rise to honor the dead Heeding the words that the preacher said Crossing themselves to ward off the damned Wondering how this is all a part of God’s plan It was one day from port The sea was a rising Beating the ship with the wrath of Posieden The hull couldn’t stand it, seams started to burst When the rudderman drowned he was only the first “All hands on deck!“ cried the Captain Knowing full well what was going to happen The lifeboats were smashed and men started to pray Wondering how their God could treat them this way The wives and the children are helped in their grieving By stories they desperately want to believe in How the men stood tall to face certain death Their memories held in the ocean’s depths But the strain is too much, it shows on the wives The children they try to get on with their lives Haunted by thoughts and dreams of the men Who gave their lives as a part of God’s plan
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Romance 04:29
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Half Mile Down Before the sun comes up each morning I’m on my way a half mile down It’s darker here than the middle of the night Me and the boys have got no choice There’s nothing else we know We’ve been headed here since we were all of five years old We work our hands to the bone And breath the dust Because the company says we must To bring coal out of the West Virginia hills You see the old men coughing Hear them talking about wasting their lives You see the pain in their eyes Then you look at your children Wondering what they could be If they only had the chance Up in Nova Scotia a mine collapsed They said the cause was a methane blast The company tries to act concerned They try to cut their loses And save the profits Knowing they must say what’s proper “Those workers, they are foremost on our minds.” Rescue crews found eleven who died There’s fifteen more trapped inside Their families hang on every word
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Fear 01:50

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released June 9, 2004

Stuart Ferguson - vocal and guitar

Recorded by Brian Doser at My Other Hat Studio in Wenham, MA

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