Lady Liberty and the Ghosts of NYC (Jig)

by Common Ground

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This song was initially released exclusively for the 114 Kickstarter backers who supported the campaign to fund Common Ground's debut full length album. The song has only been performed live once on St. Patrick's Day 2018.

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May we raise a glass to this fair isle
And to Lady Liberty
Make a toast to our host, wayfaring ghost
She can have her next drink on me

If the Lord seeks his judgment on St. Patrick's Day
I’ll enter my guilty plea
Never thought it a crime
Cause I’m feeling fine
With the ghosts of NYC

Dear Lady Liberty, I hope you’re doing well
And your sons and your daughters are well fed
I’ll be sending you a postcard from the sunny side of hell
Where your lost 'n lonely drunkards break their bread

Laugh Lady Liberty, your smiles looking dour
The city at your feet is running red
May you be in heaven a full half hour
Before we spectres and the Devil know you’re dead

I threw up my breakfast
Outside the Parkside Lounge
So Jona poured another one for free
Then the hammer came down
They blew up Stuyvesant Town
That’s when Jona and the drunks abandoned me

I assembled a proper army
Of hobos and junkies
And drove the stumblin’ masses underground
I surfed a flaming subway car
And so we sailed from bar to bar
To see what pretty ladies could be found

We rode the Midtown Ferry
Straight down 5th Avenue
A whiskey river flowed a hundred blocks
Then we cut the city’s power
We ripped apart Trump Tower
And did our evening drinking on the rocks

Dear Lady Liberty, I hope you’re doing well
And your sons and your daughters are well fed
I’ll be sending you a postcard from the sunny side of hell
Where your lost ‘n’ lonely drunkards break their bread

Laugh Lady Liberty, your smiles looking dour
The city at your feet is running red
May you be in heaven a full half hour
Before we spectres and the Devil know you’re dead

credits

released November 25, 2018
Brian Hayman: Vocals
Christina Maida: Vocals
Darcy Hargadon: Viola
Justin Freidus: Banjo
Eugene Armencha: Guitar
John Castaldo: Mandolin

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Gardner at Rift Studios riftstudiosnyc.com

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