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Richest Hell on Earth

from MacDonald Pass by Aran Buzzas

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The mist is on the Burren, but I'm far out at sea;
The landlord he came to call, and evicted me.
I'll now go where I can earn for my family's sake;
Into exile I must go, it's the American wake.

The sight of Lady Liberty was not my journey's end;
The city never suited me, I couldn't find a friend.
So I stowed aboard an iron horse and tried hard not to pay;
It's off to Montana with your man Michael O'Shea.

I left County Clare and my family behind;
Came halfway 'round the world for to work in another mine.
But down underground you won't find much mirth;
Not in Butte, the richest hell on Earth.

It took me no time to get a job down in the mines;
The work was hard and wages small, not enough good times.
With fiddle and concertina we'd sing into the night;
And when we go back down below, make sure you tap 'er light.

Slinging muck down in the black might bring about my doom;
The Company might have us all digging one big tomb.
I'll teach my son our heritage, about the Isle of Green;
And tell him of his grandparents, who he's never seen.


from MacDonald Pass, released April 28, 2015
Aran Buzzas: lead vocal, acoustic guitar, bouzouki

Travis Yost: stand up bass

Grace Decker: fiddle

Sam Nasset: telecaster


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Aran Buzzas Missoula, montana

Aran Buzzas is a singer/songwriter from Missoula, MT who plays homegrown Montana folky tonk! Traditional and outlaw country sounds are mixed with a dash of Irish folk music in Aran's songs, which deal with real-life themes in an entertaining and relate-able way, often with a regional back-drop, and characterized by aggressive rhythm guitar, strong vocals, and lyrics both amusing and heart-felt. ... more


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