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Inspired by Willa Cather's book Death Comes for the Archbishop

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he never stopped looking for people whose hearts had caught fire
one day we decided to set out and see if we could find him
all that was left were his bones
under the tree where he had given the ghost
18 dollars in silver coins
and holy oil

he heard the wind cry traveling over the mesas
counting clouds in the big sky and slowly unraveling graces
in the vast lonely country of old
he covered the West and he watched it unfold
he spent many nights tending a burning heart
hungry and cold

Pierre Latour
rode off slow and sure
to find heaven in the lower Rio Grande
ONLY BY HEAVEN'S HAND

when he came to town the people were waiting for miles
they brought him their children and told him the tales of their trials
he lifted their heads and watered their souls
he told them in prayer that they would never be alone
and for that he rode from town to town and home to home

Pierre Latour
rode off slow and sure
to find heaven in the lower Rio Grande
ONLY BY HEAVEN'S HAND

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from Broken Gold, released February 22, 2011

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Erin Ivey Austin, Texas

Urban folk singer and Texas Music Magazine Artist of the Year, Erin Ivey is “the queen of Austin singer songwriters" (Austin.com). She is hailed by the Daily News as “a songwriter of the first order, with her jazz-inflected vocals and seductive melodies.”

A regular Critics' Pick at SXSW Music Festival, Erin Ivey has "become one of our city's biggest critical successes" (KUTX Austin, NPR).
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