"Words from the Executioner to Alexander Pearce" as written by and Gareth Liddiard....
Tell me how are you coping
Now that it's time to go
Can you see the chariots
Swinging low
Up over the huon pine and out to the snow
How much treachery
Can you possibly know

Well your chaplain loves these
Death row boys
More than he loves me
As though I have the choice
You pour in from the trees
You say an Irish boy should never
Wear the hood
But I wear it for you
And you are here for me

Tell me how are you coping
Now that it's time to leave
How can you burn more
You've been burning for years
They assumed when you fled
You were good as dead
Was their indifference crueler
Than your nothing to eat

How much of the venom
Can a tiger snake eat
There are no whores in heaven
No boys at your feet
And tell me how do we taste
It's a curious place, a mountain
To resort to customs of the sea

Well your chaplain loves your
Death row boys
More than he loves me
He abandons you to prayer
Turns so he won't see
You standing alone
As you were all along
To descend fear first
Abscond from the earth

We were meant to meet
Your exile is reached
You're home.

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    General CommentNote from the CD booklet:

    "Alexander escaped Sarah Island's secondary penal settlement in Tasmania's West with 7 fellow convicts in 1822. He alone was recaptured 2 months later and returned. In 1823 he escaped again with convict Thomas Cox but again returned alone. He died having murdered and eaten 6 men."

    Wikipedia has a brief article on Pearce here:
    thitheron December 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentholy fuck this song is intense
    Dressed2Depresson February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere is a great article on Alexander Pearce, which sheds some light on the final "abscond from the earth". Makes this amazing song even better.
    wander_luston April 09, 2011   Link

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