The Pistol

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Robert Budd Dwyer … served as the 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania for six years. On January 22, 1987, Dwyer called a news conference where he killed himself in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 caliber revolver. Dwyer's suicide was broadcast ton television across the state of Pennsylvania.” —Wikipedia


4. The Pistol (Bud Dwyer, 1939-1987)

Got my degree from the great Allegheny, with a stake in the fate of the Theta Chi, o my friends. Tried to correct the mistakes of withholding but got served with naught but disrespect in the end. And I will live to show you how… I can’t escape this American show trial, can’t go back and undo the crimes I haven’t even done. And I’m not gonna resign as the treasurer; I’ve made a different choice that don’t apply to anyone. And I will live to show you how the facts will shame you, burn through your dead hearts, awakening the spirit of the founders of America. Shut your lips, shut your lips, and don’t judge a man that you can not apprehend. Can you feel the arrival of the winter, can you feel the surrender of the law in the end. And if you take out both my eyes, I’ll turn my cheekbone. But you touch my children and it’s war that you’ll have upon the conscience of a nation. So good night to my fearsome believers and good night to the men who pushed me down to the boards. I can see that you all had your reasons, and now you all have the right to make amends to the Lord. So let my mouth come open wide: the pistol’s in there. I’ll take myself down…


from The Afterneath, released November 11, 2014


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Jascha Hoffman's concept-driven albums mine dark themes to produce subtle and bittersweet songs that span genres from indie folk to classic pop.

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