Z.P. Kunkle and I made a record of narratives together. We share a love for the macabre and folk music.
Badlands #4 is the story of a heist gone wrong. Johnny, Marcus, and the singer of the song think they’ve got an easy payday. Turns out they’ve been setup. There’s a firefight. It’s not pretty.
Badlands #4 (A.S. Coomer)
Johnny got the keys to the store
I didn’t ask him how
I didn’t need to know more
I thought: here’s a payday
I just said: let’s go
I set it up for the next night
Johnny, Marcus, & me didn’t even bring masks
We thought we’d come off clean
They were waiting at the door
6 cops or more
I didn’t need to see more
I started dropping them
One after the next
I saw Marcus fall too
I put another badge on the deck
Back in the car, Johnny bleeding out under them badland stars
I seen men gut-shot before
I knew there was no hope for him
I said: take this Vicodin
He started in on his rosary
I told him we had one last stop to go
The Little Missouri: up & running from the rain
The Little Missouri: carry him away from the pain
You can purchase/stream/download the track (as well as the entire Badlands record) on all the usual places: Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Youtube, etc.
Mixed by Cory Gottron at Sub Par Studios.
Mastered by Tony Taylor at Rock Haus Studios.
Nod yer heads.
Categories: Fiction, Literature, Music, Poetry, Short Story, Songwriting, story
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