from Moccasin Bender by Randy Steele



A song influenced by the 1937 novel "To Have and Have Not" by Ernest Hemingway.



“Let’s say hypothetically
That you and I could make a couple G’s
In just one evening
Off the Sugarloaf Key”

“The work is pretty easy
You get paid to take the risk
I know a guy who knows a guy
Who needs to man a skiff”

He said it that informally
Just two old rummies seated at the bar
And talking scars
And scores on the sea

The only thing between us
Was the simple fact we’d known
That if the Coast Guard showed up
Each man was on his own

‘Cause when the handcuffs go on
All you really feel is the metal grind against your bones

So me and this guy walked down to the pier to have a beer.
Then he starts acting nervous
and the blue lights appear

The next thing I was tasting
was a two by six pressure treated decking board
and my waists and my wrists had become one

When the handcuffs go on
All you really feel is the metal grind against your bones.

There’s a moment when you think that you can get away
Trust me brother the game is already played
The bruises ain’t really worth it anyway

If I had the option
I’d be softening some chica de ensuena
On a beach in Cardenas

But I’m stuck up here in holding
At the Dade Correctional
Just a son of the system where each
Morning on dawn

The handcuffs go on
And all you really feel is the metal grind against your bones


from Moccasin Bender, released July 12, 2018
Randy Steele: Banjo/Vocals
John Boulware: Fiddle
Deron Stevens: Mandolin
Rachel Moses: Vocals
Jeremy Montgomery: Slide Guitar
Justin Hupp: Upright Bass
Brad Clark: Guitar
Konstantine Vlasis: Drums
Recorded and Engineered by Brett Nolan at The Soundry
Artwork by William Engerson and Michael Goins
Written by Randy Steele
BMI 2018


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Randy Steele Chattanooga, Tennessee

Banjo pickin' Singer Songwriter from Chattanooga Tennessee and frontman for Slim Pickins Bluegrass

2018 NewSong Leaf Festival Songwriting Competition Finalist. 2017 Blast On the Bay Upcoming Artist
16th Annual IMA Bluegrass Song Fan Winner for 'Mobile Soon"
16th Annual IMA Bluegrass album of the year Nomination
for "Songs from the Suck"
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