Bascom Lamar Lunsford, “Swannanoa Tunnel”

The Swannanoa tunnel was built in North Carolina in 1879 and 1880 by convict labor. During the construction 125 people lost their lives.

The song ghostly feeling to it. Violence sits shapeless in the air, in the sound of a bird or the growl of a dog. “That woman” is not a dream, though it isn’t so obvious that it doesn’t have to be said.

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