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Sunday, June 26, 2005

New music: Deadman

"This whole record is about the idea of Eternity," Steven says. "I feel like it's a challenge, because what are you going to do in the face of that? It's not a unique idea. But it's something that American music, at least in the last 20 years, has really run away from. It's like what Bob Dylan says to the Time magazine reporter in the documentary Don't Look Back: he says, 'you know, we're all gonna die someday, so you've got to do your job in the face of that; if you don't do it that way, you're not really living.'
- Steven Collins
Deadman, the husband and wife duo of Steven and Sherilyn Collins, is our latest find. Their EP In the Heart of Mankind sounds like Leonard Cohen met Daniel Lanois in Texas and cut a record for long night drives across desert highways.

Lyrics to Mankind:

In these times of trouble,
I will love mankind
When my cup runs over,
I will love mankind
When I'm feeling all is lost, that the race is up,
That the evil we do is killing us
When the trails that we face are just too much,
And the wounds that we nurse are killing us,
I will love mankind

When my friends betray me,
I will love mankind
When my accounts are empty,
I will love mankind,
I will love them because I'm commanded to,
I will love them because that's what we're meant to do,
For we're living our lives in a finite place,
In a world that has endings to all our power plays,
I will love mankind

When all hope is lost,
I will love mankind
When I can't bear the cost,
I will love mankind,
And I don't know how to tell you how important this is,
How much suffering can be ended, opportunities missed
To just stop hating and start loving instead,
And to see God above is really interested
In loving mankind