Blackwater on the Rise

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I trenched through the night and through the dawn
I feel the blackwater on the rise
Trudged to the tunnel at the end of the light
Freedom on my mind

The shackles on my feet, they stayed in my mind
Souvenirs of fears through which I climbed
My body it shook and it could not rest
All my hopes and dreams were jumpin out of my chest

Through hell and the pit of snakes
I feel the blackwater on the rise
With stars in my eyes and money on my head
Better off if I’d been dead

And oh, that train, I was runnin for fast
Hear the hounds of hell chasin’ after my ass
Biting at the heels of my soul
It’s ten days on the run and it’s taken its toll

See the faces of their ghosts at night
Gonna haunt me til I die
Fever Fever, burnin my eyes
I feel the blackwater on the rise

And then I saw the train come down
Like fire in the night
Conductor came out and took me aboard
Said, this one’s fightin for his life

With a tonic and the word of the Lord
Conductor got me healed up right
May the road rise to meet you
No creature defeat you, you will find the light

But as it turns out, there was never freedom
We broke the shackles of our captivity
Now I sit in poverty to beg for a dime for longevity

A body filled shack of dread and bones
I feel the black water on the rise
And now I wait for my unknown death
To be delivered to me
Only then will I be set free, Yes only then will freedom find me


from Snake in the Grass, released May 23, 2014



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Poppy Xander Dallas, Texas

Poppy Xander is a Dallas based composer, vocalist, performer, and keyboardist who has recently released the solo debut album, "Snake in the Grass." She began playing the piano when she was seven years old and continues to explore compositional possibilities after receiving training from the University of North Texas and a variety of ensembles including jazz, gamelan, marimba, and rock/metal bands. ... more

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