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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...

I agreed  that this song is worth mentioning. Love the way it was shared in the movie too. The actor who sang it and the sweet situation in the storyline. I found Ander Hollander's page and it has a music player with the song lined to the movie. at   http://www.andrewhollandermusic.com/work.html

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