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Initially, this Neil Young-ish song was one of a series of songs about the IKEA bookcase style known as "Billy," but it later took on associations with old and new friends of that name, as well as with Billy the Kid.


Billy, take me by the hand
I’ll save you from your father
And, take me as I am
We waited for an hour
And, try to understand
It’s late in evening
It’s early in the morning
No time to sound a warning

Billy, lead me far away
Away from Lincoln County
And, have you much to say
Out from under that sombrero
And, with the light of day
Her son drains a couple
His gun by your buckle
And you won’t be fighting knuckle

Billy, show me what’s your hand
A modern family ruin
And, lady left her man
On a sunny afternoon
We’ll wait on your command
When sure of no danger
To clear the house of strangers
No dog in the manger


from Country Hymn, released September 17, 2016
words by Sumanth Gopinath, music by The Gated Community
copyright 2016

Sumanth Gopinath: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Rosie Harris: banjo, backing vocals
Beth Hartman: backing vocals, tambourine
Teresa Gowan: fiddle
Johnny Becker: mandolin
Cody Johnson: electric bass
Paul Hatlelid: drums



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The Gated Community is a country/bluegrass/Americana band with rock influences based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota and has been in existence since early 2006.


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