One more man gone
One more man gone
One more man is gone

The good son walks into the field
He is a tiller, he has a tiller's hands
But down in his heart now
He lays down his queer plans
Against his brother and against his family
Yet he worships his brother
And he worships his mother
But it's his father, he says, is an unfair man
The good son
The good son
The good son

The good son has sat and often wept
Beneath a malign star by which he's kept
And the night-time in which he's wrapped
Speaks of good and speaks of evil
And he calls to his mother
And he calls to his father
But they are deaf in the shadows
Of his brother's truancy
The good son
The good son
The good son
The good son

And he curses his mother
And he curses his father
And he curses his virtue like an unclean thing
The good son
The good son
The good son

One more man gone
One more man gone
One more man
One more man gone
One more man gone
One more man
One more man gone
One more man gone
One more man



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    General CommentActually, I'm pretty sure this is about the older brother of the biblical Prodigal Son, the one who didn't run away, hence the good son. I guess, judging from lines like "they are deaf in the shadow of his brother's truancy" and "he curses his virtue like an unclean thing," that he's disappointed in not getting credit for being obedient and wishes he'd been the one who rebelled, since the prodigal son so unfairly gets all the love from their parents when he returns.
    AlgernonMabuson December 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMorb is mortified! I didn't notice that. You're right, I seem to remember another son in the Prodigal Son story, moaning that nobody killed the fatted calf for HIM. On the other hand, Cain is a tiller & also a murderer. I wonder if Cave conflated the two stories -?
    morbid moragon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCave's take on Cain & Abel. As I remember the story, Cain is a farmer & Abel rears livestock but God favours Abel's blood sacrifices over his brother's harvest-festival-style offerings. So Cain kills Abel & winds up an outcast. Cave, as you might expect, takes Cain's side - he's the good son.
    morbid moragon August 26, 2008   Link

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