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Feed of Man

This song is by Billy Bragg & Wilco and appears on the album Mermaid Avenue Volume 2 (2000).

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If you beat up, you butcher and you bleed a man
You bang up and badger and blood-let a man
And then I come along on the feet of man
And halfway laugh and cry about the meat of man

And I do what I can
To bale, string and tie
Some ballad truths
Up and cured out for the feed of man

Folks try to tell me
That it's on God's orders that you bleed your man
It's on God's good word that you bleed your man
On God's plan print that you dead a man
Or spit and curse and whip your man

I say I'll help you squeeze and fix yourself up a
A new kind of God of some kind

One that tells you
Fertilize and multiply
One that tells you
Outsow and outblow
Outplant and outgrow
Outdo, and outrun, and outclimb, and outspread
Every other tree and bush
And brushy fruits and flower petals
Outfruit them all for the feed of man

Outstalk and outhunt and outthink
For God's own sweet sake, outthink! Outthink
Outthink the fruits
Outgrow these animal kinds and shapes of man
It you miss and go down
Your dust will turn up on that long hot job
Once more again

To help in the feeding and the seed of man
And not in the bleeding and the end of man

Music by:

Jeff Tweedy (1998)

Lyrics by:

Woody Guthrie (date unknown)

Musicians:

  • Jay Bennett: b3 organ, leslie guitar
  • Billy Bragg: resonator guitar
  • Ken Coomer: drums
  • John Stirratt: bass
  • Jeff Tweedy: vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

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