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Bill: I guess writing songs from Mal's point of view is what Firefly fans do (you can hear Brenda's “These Two” on Three Weird Sisters' Third Thyme's the Charm, available wherever fine music is sold). I love this bit of introspection and imagine Mal sitting in the galley with a cup of coffee before everybody gets up and all hell breaks loose.

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Words & music by Bill Sutton
©2005 Mad Tom Music

It’s fixin’ to be dawn – well, as much of it as we can get
When we’re runnin’ through the black on a ship that’s old as dust.
And there’s somethin’ that I’m needin’ more important than my sleepin’
As I look out of the window at the only thing I trust.

And it ain’t but little time we get to ponder on Serenity
Roaming ’round from moon to moon through a ‘verse so cold and blind.
It’s a mighty humble feelin’ knowin’ just what we are facin’
To remember where we’re goin’ and the folk we left behind.

It conjures to my mind them soldiers stood beside me
Must have thought that they was dyin’ in some struggle to be free.
But the more I set upon it, seems more truthful in the sayin’
That the battle we was fightin’ was the struggle to believe.

And it ain’t but little time we get to ponder on Serenity
Roaming ’round from moon to moon through a ‘verse so cold and blind.
It’s a mighty humble feelin’ knowin’ just what we are facin’
To remember where we’re goin’ and the folk we left behind.

It’s fixin’ to be dawn. Time to get to congregatin’,
Bust these thoughts from out my mind – got me better things to do.
And it might be there’s no answer, but as near as I can make it
Seems the things I can believe in are my freedom and this crew.

And it ain’t but little time we get to ponder on Serenity
Roaming ’round from moon to moon through a ‘verse so cold and blind.
It’s a mighty humble feelin’ knowin’ just what we are facin’
To remember where we’re goin’ and the folk we left behind.

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from And They Said It Wouldn't Last, released August 16, 2016
Words & music by Bill Sutton
©2005 Mad Tom Music

Bill: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass; Brenda: Vocals, Shaker, Bodhrán; Skylark Prather: Harmonica

Recorded at Bedlam House Studios

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