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Marc Gunn, Mikey Mason - Tough Times

from Selcouth by Marc Gunn



“Tough Times” was inspired by the Firefly episode, “Train Job”.

Sheriff Bourne : You were truthful back in town. These are tough times. A man can get a job. He might not look too close at what that job is. But a man learns all the details of a situation like ours... well... then he has a choice.

Mal : I don't believe he does.

It’s easy to turn your back on what is right in favor of what is right for you, especially when times are tough. We pick selfishness over selflessness far too often.

I believe we have to look outside ourselves. We have to look out for other people. We have to think first and foremost what is best for a community. The toughest part is to have faith that what is best for the community first, will probably benefit you as well. It seems counter intuitive. But this is the philosophy of every great businessman. But I experience that all the time in my business.


* These are tough times, and it feels just like a crime, if I
Put my conscience aside to live on the edge.
These are tough times. If I hope to survive, I’ll use my
Conscience as my guide. I must do what is right.

I got a job all lined up. I hope it ain't too bad.
But times are tough. Can't afford to pick and choose.
The boss man is all fired up, and it raises my alarm
If I don’t look too close, won’t see no harm.

Racing on a train. No longer society’s drain.
Pullin’ a job right under the Alliance nose.
I’m feeling rather smug when chance pulls out the rug.
I meet the workers I’m dragging through the coals.

Pain is in their eyes. I can’t help but empathize.
We stole their meds. Now their suffering is in store.
This gangster overstepped. Yet despite his unlovely rep,
I return the meds, and I knock him through the door.

The job it has gone south. I’m back living hand to mouth.
But I feel a little prouder than before.
Desperation made me look the other way.
I realize now, I must make a better choice.


from Selcouth, released February 14, 2022
Lyrics and music Marc Gunn. Featuring: Mikey Mason, www.mikeymason.com.
Marc Gunn - autoharp, vocals. Mikey Mason - bkg vocals. Nathan Deese - bass, bones, banjo, percussion. Mixed and mastered by Mitchell Petersen.




Marc Gunn Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish music.

He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
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