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    Re: The Bastard Song

     I came across this song in the movie "I'll Take You There". 

    It is an original song written by the late Adrienne Shelly & Andrew Hollander.  I can't find any recording of it.  Shelly was murdered in 2006.  But you can see it performed as part of this independent film starring Ally Sheedy and at the end of the film there is a produced version starting at 1:28:30.  It is available on Netflix, not sure where else you can see the film.  I am a singer/songwriter myself and I just loved this and I guess the execution of Troy Davis last night made me feel like sharing it. 

    The Bastard Song
    Written by Adrienne Shelly & Andrew Hollander
    (from the movie I'll Take You There)

    It's a world of suffering
    In a sea of pain.
    No matter how much sun you bring
    You're pummeled by the rain.

    So what's the use in getting up
    And what's the use in tryin'?
    And what's the use in listening
    When everybody's lyin'?

    Don't let the heartless get you down.
    Don't greet the heartless at your door.
    Don't live among the heartless.

    The life you lead just turns to shit.
    Your joy it falls to treason.
    There isn't any rhyme to it
    There isn't any reason.

    Don't let the bastards get you down.
    Don't greet the bastards at your door.
    Don't live among the bastards.

    In this dead-end universe
    Where there seems to be no grace
    There are heavens on the map
    There are humans in the race
    There are people you can trust
    When you need some decency
    You can trust someone like you
    You can trust someone like me.

    Don't let the strangers get you down.
    Don't greet the strangers at your door.
    Don't live among the strangers
    My friend.

    Don't live among the strangers
    The heartless
    The bastards
    My love...

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