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VIIb (2006)

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O, My Lord 04:36

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This was my first ever studio record. The budding singer-songwriter gropes for God knows what and gets God knows where -- the first cut is the deepest, baby I know. Songs explore the madness of the social contract, the wonders of the creation, and the redemption of broken souls. And girl problems, at one point.

My voice was really virgin and tentative on this record. I'll never forget playing "The Ballad of Mighty Jim...", a song about the mother of a boy who killed himself, at a Suicide Survivor's Support Group -- seeing the power of a song to heal.

"Girl, Pay Me No Attention" was always my cousin Jenny's favorite song. She made me play it at her mom's annual Boxing Day party every year...a song about the type of crappy relationship that I'd never been in before at the time, but somehow managed to get into several in the ensuing years...

"Last bite from the apple" is a trippy existential thing involving UFO's. Somehow my dad got this song on internet radio and it charted at #1 on some stations, though all that info is now long gone...I had no clue about any of that stuff. I've rerecorded it over the years and still play it, rarely.

"The Earth is a Man" was my college roommate's favorite song. He told me to quit music school because I had a gift and didn't need music school...but I stayed. Here I am today -- still in debt! Woo!

"The Story Goes" was written about a stoned trip to New Orleans I took as part of the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina -- the dystopian scenes of a devastated city filled with hippy ideologues like myself only half-aware of the true import of what had happened to the residents as we spent our nights off partying it up on Bourbon Street.

"The Masquerade Blues" was a Dylan knock-off, but a damn good one. My dad's favorite song from this era, I think.

"You Gotta Be Crazy Just To Be" is a folk tune I wrote when I was 17 with kind of a Moorish dance rhythm to it, and I still play it to this day.

"O, My Lord" was my buddy Tom's favorite song -- he always reminded me of its existence just before my shows, begging me to play it. It was a song written during the beginning of my spiritual journey..

"There Is No Elect" was my manifesto about equality. I never played it live and I probably never will -- but it's pretty cool.

Love ya!

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released June 1, 2006

Recorded at Rainbow Studios in Bernardston, VT in May of 2006.

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Workman Song Brooklyn, New York

Workman Song is Seán McMahon. A country preacher who cut his teeth on NYC subway platforms & stages, McMahon is known for his “gritty, freewheeling folk...earnest, amber-toned songs exploring the edges of faith” (The Wild Honey Pie) & a live show that's "equal parts Rodriguez (Searching For Sugarman), Bruce, and the Dead…what Dylan would have sounded like on about six tabs of acid" (Baeblemusic). ... more

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