The slide, glass and smooth

Slides on the strings

Rhythm of a rumbling freight

Southbound with a heavy load

The pain screams out of every note

Heartbreak, sorrow, disappointment

Years of shit vibrate out from the meeting of glass and string

Giving meaning to such sorrow

Down where the Mississippi flowed dark and turbid

Between banks of the suffering, oppressed, poor

Sound echoed off the willow and the driftwood

In fields and houses the guitar wailed

And in the midst of such pain

Even the angels on high turned an ear

Man, like his brother Jesus, was transfigured in glory

Redeemed through suffered deprivations immortalized in song

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