The Muse: Shovels & Rope, “Gasoline”

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The knotted voices of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent provide the ultimate soundtrack to, well, their namesake. The captivating hoedown “Gasoline” begins with a simple shovel-and-rope worker’s command, “left, right, left, right, left,” before seemingly extolling the virtues of “four big wheels, American steel,” and quickly turning to fever, rotten crops and “pouring gasoline on the killing field.”

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