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Four Lean Hounds

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Look at a picture of you on a horse
With a bridle your father bought on a trip to Vermont in the fall
Autumn is staring you down, red and brown
By the mane of a dying elm
And the look on your face says it all
Look at a picture of you, lucky lad
In a jacket your father had when he fought in the war on TV
Summer is wearing you down like a crown
Like the wind on a weathervane
As you stand in the shade like a tree
Has anyone seen a king or a queen?
Did they look anything like you or me?
Look at a picture of you in a crowd
Where your memories are not allowed
Just the weight of the light on the leaves
Four lean hounds in a row
Where in the world did you go?


from Valleyheart, released February 13, 2013



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Justin Rutledge Toronto, Ontario

The songs on East see Justin embracing new styles, from the gospel tinged ‘The Great Ascension’, to the lo-fi lament of ‘Queen Street Lost’. Not lost, however, are the country-tinged pop songs like ‘The Old Oak’ and ‘Blue Jeans’. Of course, the hushed voice and the intricate storytelling remain, making East Justin’s most accomplished album to date. ... more


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