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"​(​It's Hard to Live in) Hardin, Montana (But It's Still Better Than Hysham)

from "Casey Ruff and The Mayors of Ballard" LP by Casey Ruff

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lyrics

There's a town about a half an hour south of my hometown
Where it's hard to raise crops, hard to raise kids,
Hard to raise the cops if you call them

A frontier town right next to the rez, brings new truth to "living on the edge"
Seldom is there heard an encouraging word

My friend Danny says that's the way it's always been
And that's the way it's going to stay

It's hard to live in Hardin, Montana
It's hard to live with pride or shame
It's hard to live in Hardin, Montana
It's far easier to be where I'm coming from

Both of our towns are named for once reknowned Indian Fighters
Both our towns got farmers, ranchers, railroaders, and miners
But I come from a safe remove, I ain't ever had a clue
About looking down my nose- or over my shoulder

My friend Danny says that's the way it's always been
And that's the way it's going to stay

It's hard to live in Hardin, Montana
It's hard to live with pride or shame
It's hard to live in Hardin, Montana
It's far easier to be where I'm coming from

It's still better than Hysham, but it's hard

(Coda)
Can you not see the err of your ways?
All the ignorance in what you say?
How can we see what don't know?
Is your ignorance in question?
Leave it alone.

Would you say that you're limited
By the seat that you've been given?
How can we see what don't know?
Is your ignorance in question?
Leave it alone.

credits

from "Casey Ruff and The Mayors of Ballard" LP, released January 21, 2022
Mike Ayer- trombone
Caleb Bue- bass guitar and vox
Kubby Casual- drums
Sean Jensen- baritone sax
Ethan Robb- trumpet
Casey Ruff- acoustic guitar and vox
Dan Walker- electric guitar
Charles Wicklander- piano, organ, and vox

Captured by Brian Nelson at Paint Shaker Studios
Mixed by Colin J Nelson at Her Car Studios
Mastered by Ed Brooks of Resonant Mastering

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Casey Ruff Seattle, Washington

A singer/songwriter living in Seattle, WA. He's originally from Custer, MT. Known by migrant beet laborers as "El Dragón de las Altas Llanuras". Former high school mascot. Future nihilist. Acting Vice President of the M. Bellucci Fan Club. Sounds like AmeriContra, Gravelvet, and Frontier Orchestral ... more

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