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A bluesy retelling of the Christmas story. Mary gets caught shoplifting and Jesus is taken away... while the “barstool prophets, angels for hire and 3 wise drifters by the oil can fire” proclaim that only God could love a child in this condition


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40 days and 40 nights of dust bowl tears and neon lights
She held a bottle to her lips to drown the pain
The love she had was sanctified,
wrapped in the shroud and then baptised
In a church of the holy spirits wine and beer

Mary had her baby that December day
A single mom without a place to stay
She named his Jesus and the doctor he just laughed
She said "take your chances and take your pain.
Take these bottles and that heavenly shame.
This Jesus will love me and that's a fact!"

(said the) bar stool prophets and the angels for hire
Three wise drifters by an oil can fire
Praise the lord and pass the admonition
God could love a child in this condition

Mother Mary she was on her knees
She had way less money than she had needs
She got caught steeling diapers at the corner store
And I said 'Well well what do we have here?
A five finger discount in a one way mirror!"
She'll do time and Jesus will be led away

(chorus) (from the)...

Go tell it on the mountain
You go tell it, tell it to the judge
Pray for freedom, pray for mercy (mercy)
If I sinned it was all for love

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from Vintage Blend, released October 15, 2019


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Manitoba Hal Shelburne, Nova Scotia

For over 15 years, Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal has been forging a career as one of Canada’s most preeminent roots and blues multi-instrumentalists.

His original songs have become modern classics and his take on standards and popular blues songs of the past have brought him to the forefront of the Canadian and international blues scene.
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